Twin jet scare at Delhi airport

Flights delayed for hours after two Air India aircraft make emergency landings.

    All 169 passengers on the Shanghai-Bangkok-Delhi flight AI-349 disembarked safely [EPA]
    The passengers disembarked safely on to the runway, but as the aircraft was being towed away its front wheel collapsed, leaving its tail jutting out upwards on to the runway.
     
    Technical failure
     

    The second emergency landing was of an Air India Boeing 767, which took place at 3:15pm (09:45 GMT).

     

    The pilot reported a technical fault and landed the aeroplane with 54 passengers on board safely after at least two attempts, an Air India official said.

     

    Television channels reported that the pilot received a warning about a problem with the aeroplane's undercarriage. The Air India official said a "defective instrument panel" led to the incident.

     

    Air India has a fleet of 48 aeroplanes, some of which are about 20 years old. Last year, India's national carrier ordered 68 Boeing aircraft, including the latest 787s as well as long-range 777s.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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