A Chennai-bound Jet Airways flight with 80 passengers returned to Mumbai airport soon after take off on Wednesday as one of its engines stopped working.
At around 7 pm, the pilot asked the air traffic control (ATC) officials for permission to land under emergency conditions. Fire tenders, safety officers and ambulances rushed to the tarmac but the flight landed safely. All passengers were safely shifted to another flight that left at 8:45 pm.
A Jet Airways spokesperson said: “The decision to bring back the aircraft to Mumbai was taken as a precautionary measure.”
On March 17, Hindustan Times had reported that 27.5 per cent domestic flights cancelled in February were because of technical problems such as engine failure and non-functioning air-conditioners.
Air safety experts claimed that high rate of flight cancellation because of technical faults in the aircraft reflects that airlines have been cutting cost on maintenance.