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Air India Plane From Jeddah Makes Emergency Landing

PTI 31 Aug 2011, 17:47:05 IST

Mumbai, Aug 31:  An Air India plane from Jeddah with 286 passengers and crew on board on Wednesday landed under emergency conditions at the airport in Mumbai following suspected hydraulic failure, the second such incident in as many days involving the State carrier.

All the passengers on the Jeddah-Mumbai flight were safe, an airline spokesperson said.

“The AI-390 flight, carrying 286 people, including over 260 passengers, had to make a precautionary landing at the Mumbai airport due to a suspected hydraulic failure at around 13.45 hrs. All the passengers deplaned safely,” the spokesperson told PTI.

Though the airline described the incident as a “precautionary” landing, a Mumbai airport spokesman said emergency services were activated at the airport at 12.58 p.m. and the Airbus 330 aircraft landed safely at 1.38 p.m. The alert was withdrawn at 2.13 p.m.

The incident comes a day after an Air India plane with 123 passengers and crew landed under emergency conditions at the Thiruvananthapuram airport after a minor defect was detected in its hydraulic system.

On Monday, a Gulf Air plane with 137 passengers had skidded off the runway and got stuck in the mud at Kochi airport in bad weather, injuring seven passengers. The runway at the international airport was closed for 10 hours and aviation regulator DGCA has ordered an inquiry into the incident. PTI