An Air India plane made an emergency landing at the Raja Bhoj airport in the state capital after it developed a technical glitch on Friday night.
The Delhi-bound flight was carrying 110 passengers, including Union minister of mines, steel, labour and employment Narendra Singh Tomar.
Sources said the Bhopal-Delhi flight took off from the airport at 9.30 pm. However, about 20 to 30 minutes later, the captain detected a technical glitch in one of the engines. It returned to the airport around 10 pm.
Air India engineers were summoned, and they tried to rectify the problem till 11 pm – even as the passengers remained seated inside. Eventually, they were asked to de-board.
The passengers were finally flown to Delhi at 5.30 am on Saturday, after Air India sent another plane to Bhopal. Tomar had already left after making alternative travel arrangements.
Vishrut Acharya, area manager of Air India (Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh), told Hindustan Times that the engineers didn’t want to take any chances by working on the aircraft engine at night.