Air India Makes Emergency Landing at Delhi Airport : 5 Passengers Injured

Over 150 passengers on board a city-bound Air India flight from Varanasi had a close shave as the Airbus 320 plane landed under emergency conditions in New Delhi due to a hydraulic failure. After the plane touched down at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here, smoke was seen from under carriage and pilot opted for evacuation, sources said. “Air India flight AI 405 from Varanasi to Delhi had an emergency landing here as the pilot reported hydraulic failure. All passengers were evacuated safely, however, some 4-5 of them sustained minor injuries during evacuation,” airport sources said. The flight had originated from Khajuraho for Varanasi and from where it took off for Delhi.

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Air India said in a statement that the emergency landing incident, which happened around 19:58 hours, was caused by a hydraulic leak, but claimed there was no fire and none of the 153 passengers and six crew were injured during evacuation. “Air India flight 405 Varanasi-Delhi had an emergency landing due to hydraulic leak. This resulted in few sparks at the nose wheel. There was no fire. All 146 passengers were evacuated safely and taken to terminal building. No passenger was injured,” the airliner said. Runway 27, where the aircraft had landed, has been cleared, it said, adding all passengers were being served dinner and taken care of.

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