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Engine fault forces pilot to land flight back in delhi

More than 145 passengers of a Malaysian airline flight had a narrow escape as their flight made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Sunday afternoon. HT reports.

delhi Updated: Feb 21, 2011 00:08 IST
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More than 145 passengers of a Malaysian airline flight had a narrow escape as their flight made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Sunday afternoon.

According to airport sources, the aircraft's fire alarm went off hours after it took off from Delhi airport at 1pm.

"After realising some problems with the aircraft's engine, the captain immediately contacted airport officials to alert them about the situation. The flight landed safely back at IGI airport at 3.05pm with 145 passengers onboard, along with our crew," said Azahar Hamid, regional senior vice-president (south Asia) of Malaysia Airlines.

Sources said that the pilot decided to return to Delhi airport because of the technical snag and requested air traffic controller for emergency landing.

The flight, MH 173 operating on an Airbus 330, landed at the Delhi airport safely amidst full emergency set up, with ambulances and fire-brigades positioned along the runway.

"At Malaysia Airlines, the safety of our passengers and crew is our top priority. At no time was this compromised, thanks to the swift response of our pilots, together with the close cooperation with the authorities," Hamid said.

"We apologise for the inconvenience to our passengers. All efforts are being made to ensure their comfort while our team is working to rectify the fault. We are also working to re-accommodate passengers on alternative flights to bring them to their final destinations as quickly as possible," he said.