AI plane's engine catches fire in Mumbai, all safe



AI plane`s engine catches fire in Mumbai, all safe Zeenews Bureau

Mumbai: Passengers on board Air India flight A1829 to Riyadh had a narrow escape on Friday when they were evacuated quickly after a fire broke out in one of the plane’s engines.

The flight was already on the runway, at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport here, for take off when one of the passengers detected sparks coming out of one of the engines. The pilot of A1829 flight contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and immediately grounded the flight.

The plane that caught fire was a replacement plane as the original plane had developed a technical snag.

In its official statement Air India, said, “The fire was in one engine of the plane which was noticed during push back (during the taxiing after doors were ordered shut). The fire took place at Mumbai airport at 10:50 am today. The fire was promptly extinguished. They are all safe. All the passengers were evacuated safely. Passengers will be sent to Riyadh later today with an alternate plane. We would investigate the cause of fire.”

Earlier in the day, about 213 passengers plus crew on board Air India flight A1829 to Riyadh had a narrow escape when a fire broke out in one of the plane’s engines.

The flight was already on the runway, at the Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport here, for take off when one of the passengers detected sparks coming out of one of the engines. The pilot of A1829 flight contacted Air Traffic Control (ATC) and immediately grounded the flight.

Four crash fire tenders of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) were rushed to the spot to douse the fire.

Probe panel formed
Air India today set up a four-member panel to probe the fire. "Air India Chairman and Managing Director, Arvind Jadhav, has set up a four-member committee to look into the incident involving fire in one of the engines of the aircraft which was operating Mumbai-Riyadh flight," an Air India Spokesperson said here.