Two BJP MPs were among 122 passengers who had a narrow escape on Monday morning when an Air India plane started leaking fuel as it made a priority landing at Jaipur airport.
“Bhopal-Delhi Air India flight was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather in Delhi. The pilot asked for priority landing as the aircraft was running low on fuel. After a safe landing, it was noticed that the aircraft was leaking fuel,” Jaipur airport director JS Balhara told HT.
Some agencies and websites reported that the aircraft had suffered a bird-hit but the airport director denied it, emphasising the flight made a priority landing and not an emergency landing.
The passengers included BJP vice-president and Rajya Sabha member Prabhat Jha and parliamentarian Nand Kumar Singh Chouhan. The landing took place around 9.20am. All the passengers were later sent to Delhi on another flight.
This was the second incident in last 10 days when an aircraft made a priority landing at Jaipur airport. On January 28, a Rajkot-Delhi flight of Air India made a priority landing due to a medical emergency after a woman passenger suffered cardiac arrest mid-air.
(This copy was updated after the Jaipur airport director said the plane was not hit by a bird)