Mumbai-bound Air India Flight AI 670 made an emergency landing at Raipur after taking off from Biju Patnaik International Airport (BPIA), Bhubaneshwar at 17:06 hours. Thirty minutes post taking off from Bhubaneshwar, smoke started emanating from the left engine. The pilots took a quick call of diverting the flight to Raipur. All 182 passengers who were on-board flight were disembarked safely after landing at Raipur airport. Air India is arranging another flight for all passengers to travel to Mumbai immediately.
Air India source has revealed that the investigation has been initiated in the incident, “It is not clear whether it was engine shut down or smoke emanating that forced the landing. The plane was en route Bhubaneswar-Mumbai when anomalies were detected, the plane was immediately diverted for Raipur to ensure passengers’ safety. The investigation is underway”. As per preliminary, pilot of the plane reportedly spotted spark following which he made an emergency landing by diverting to Raipur Airport. The engineering department of Air India is still conducting the prima-facie investigation at the airport.
Air India has issued a statement for the same, saying that AI 670 made emergency landing owing to tail fire. There was only tail fire and no fire warning in the cockpit. However, when the cabin crew reported a fire on the engine, the captain discharged the fire extinguisher bottle. The tail fire could be due to engine blades damage and incomplete combustion in the engine. Tail fire is not dangerous. Aircraft is still in runway while all the passengers are in the terminal building.