Kochi: A Kochi-bound Emirates aircraft from Dubai, which experienced a major air turbulence prior to descent leading to injuries to 20 people, has been grounded and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has launched a probe into the incident.
An inquiry has been ordered into the incident, DGCA Nazim Zaidi told PTI.
"DGCA is carrying out air safety investigation. The aircraft will leave the country only after it is certified," he said.
There were 350 passengers on board the flight besides 14 crew.
Zaidi said officials have started recording the statements of injured, cabin crew and pilots as part of investigations into the incident.
The Boeing aircraft encountered `heavy turbulence` this morning injuring about 20 people.
In a statement here, the airlines said the flight EK530 `encountered a short period of Heavy Turbulence prior to descent into India`, causing minor injuries to about 20 persons.