Kochi: An Air India 901 Kochi-Kozhikode- Riyad flight with 197 passengers and 12 crew which left the airport here early Saturday made an emergency landing at Kochi airport after smoke was noticed in the cabin, airport sources said.
The smoke was noticed shortly after the flight left for Riyad from Kozhikode 0635 hrs.
About thirty minutes after take off from Kozhikode airport, smoke was noticed and the pilot immediately diverted the flight to Kochi airport and landed safely in full emergency at 0820 hrs.
The passengers panicked as the smell of smoke enveloped the cabin.
The passengers have been shifted to nearby hotel.
Air India sources said the flight has been grounded, and a relief flight will be arranged by this evening to take the passengers to Riyad.