A Bhubaneswar-bound Air India flight, carrying 155 passengers, was forced to return to the airport in Mumbai after its pilot detected smoke in the cockpit.
The cause of the smoke was not immediately known. However, an Air India spokesperson in New Delhi confirmed that the aircraft made a safe landing and that all passengers were safe.
According to Air India, flight AI 669 took off from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai at 2.15 pm but soon its pilot sought an emergency landing as he detected smoke in the cockpit.
“Full emergency was declared at 2.30 pm for Air India’s Bhubaneswar-bound flight from the CSI airport here due to suspected smoke in cockpit. However, the flight landed safely,” the official said.
The flight returned to Mumbai safely at 2.50 pm with full emergency procedure in place. The aircraft is now grounded. A team from the engineering department is inspecting it.
Air India has made available an alternative aircraft to take the stranded passengers to their destination, he said, adding that the flight is expected to take off for Bhubaneswar at 4:15 pm.
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