Air India’s Delhi-Kochi flight made an emergency landing at Bhopal’s Raja Bhoj Airport on Tuesday following a technical snag in the cargo door. All the 168 passengers on board the AI 035 were safe and flown to Kochi after eight hours, authorities at Bhopal airport said.
Air India’s regional manager, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, V Acharya told reporters that pilots came to know about the technical snag after the aircraft took off from Delhi around 6am and contacted the Bhopal ATC seeking permission to make an emergency landing.
The flight landed at Raja Bhoj airport around 7.30 am. Emergency services, including fire tenders and ambulances, were put on alert to deal with any exigency.
This is the third emergency landing in two months at Bhopal airport. On March 9, a bird-hit Bhopal-Mumbai AI 634 flight made an emergency landing at Bhopal airport only a few minutes after the aircraft with 90 passengers took off from the airport for the Maharashtra capital.