A Jet Airways flight to Bangkok turned back to Mumbai on Friday on account of a suspected tail strike, an official said.
The flight 9W 70 landed safely and all 180 passengers and 8 crew were deplaned, said a Jet Airways spokesperson.
“Acting proactively in the interest of safety, the crew of Jet Airways flight 9W 70, BOM-BKK of May 12, 2017 executed an air turn back to Mumbai on account of a ‘suspected’ tail strike,” the spokesperson said.
The aircraft was being inspected by Jet Airways’ engineering team and ground personnel.
Regretting the inconvenience caused to passengers, Jet Airways said the flight was expected to depart at 12.45pm.
Jet Airways has been hit by a string of incidents in the recent past.
On May 7, the tail of a Patna-bound Jet Airways plane clipped the starboard wing of the airlines’ flight for Srinagar when both aircraft were taxiing for take-off at the New Delhi airport.
The 260 passengers and crew in the planes were safe, but they survived a major scare as the wings of an aircraft carry large quantities of highly-inflammable jet fuel that can explode during a collision and reduce the flight into a fireball.
This is the first case in many years of two aircraft colliding at one of India’s busiest airports, which handled 82 flights in an hour in November 2016, breaking its record of 77 take-offs and landing, according to civil aviation officials.