Phuket-bound plane makes emergency landing
A Boeing 767 aircraft from Denmark to Thailand, with 292 passengers on board, made emergency landing at the N S C Bose International airport.
Kolkata: A Boeing 767 aircraft from
Denmark to Thailand, with 292 passengers on board, made
emergency landing at the N S C Bose International airport here
yesterday, and was grounded at the airport for over 24 hours,
as it ran out of fuel and the plane`s toilet also had some
City airport sources said the aircraft, run by Thomson
Fly group, took off from Billund and was on way to tourist
spot Phuket, when the air crew noticed the problem with
washroom taps and door as it was flying over Afghanistan
The plane then headed towards Delhi but was not
allowed permission due to thick blanket of fog and with fast
depleting fuel stock it finally contacted the ATC, Kolkata
which then gave the nod for emergency landing at N S C Bose
International airport at around 6 am yesterday, with full
emergency measures in place, the sources said.
But after refuelling and checking procedure of the
plane by aviation officials, the plane could not take off as
the FDTL (flight duty time limit) of its pilot had crossed the
stipulated hours and the aircraft had to be grounded for over
24 hours for another international pilot to take over, the
Procedural delays with another round of check-up as
the second pilot took over at 6 am today further delayed the
departure at around 12:15 pm finally, the sources said.
The landing, ground handling and fuel charges were
paid by the airlines and the passengers were accommodated at
an airport hotel during this period. The sources said.
Meanwhile, flight operations were delayed at the
airport from 5 am to 8 am today due to poor visibility but no
incoming or outbound domestic or international flights were
cancelled, airport sources said.