Less than a fortnight after two of its flights landed under emergency conditions, an Air India Boeing aircraft bound for Dubai suffered a technical fault before take-off at the IGI Airport in New Delhi on Saturday.
The pilot of the Boeing 737 aircraft, which has been taken on wet-lease by the state-owned airline, noticed the snag while taxiing to the runway and decided not to take off, airport sources said.
He took the aircraft to a remote bay where it is being checked by engineers, the sources said.
Confirming the incident, an Air India official said the aircraft was supposed to take off at 1650 hours to Dubai.
"We are providing refreshments to passengers and trying to shift them to the Indian flight for Dubai," the official said.
The Air India official said the B-737 was on wet-lease, meaning that the pilots and most of the crew members were hired along with the leased plane.
The incident follows the emergencies on April 9 at the Delhi airport, when two Air India aircraft made emergency landings within a span of a few hours, disrupting air traffic.
No one was hurt in the two incidents, which involved an Airbus A-310 coming from Bangkok and a Boeing-767 from Dubai. The problems related to their landing gear and the hydraulic system.
The Civil Aviation Ministry had taken serious note of these two incidents and shot off a letter to the state-owned carrier, directing it to take urgent steps to revamp its engineering network.