A New Delhi-bound IndiGo flight from Vadodara with 177 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Ahemedabad airport this morning due to a technical fault, officials said.
“IndiGo flight 591 from Vadodara to New Delhi with 177 passengers and six crew members was diverted to Ahmedabad t due to a technical fault,” a statement issued by IndiGo airlines said.
Officials at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport in Ahmedabad said the plane, scheduled non-stop, landed at 9 am following the snag.
“The Vadodara-New Delhi IndiGo flight landed after facing some technical problem,” said A K Sharma, director, Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel airport.
However, since the airport runway remains shut between 10 am and 6 pm due to the ongoing resurfacing work on the runway, passengers will be flown to New Delhi in the next flight at 7.30 pm.
“No flights operate between 10 am and 6 pm as the runway remains closed,” Mr Sharma said.
The aircraft is currently grounded at the Ahmedabad airport as the airfield is closed for scheduled runway maintenance, the airline said.
“All passengers have already been accommodated in a hotel. Few passengers opted to return to Vadodara to take an alternate flight,” the IndiGo statement said.