AirAsia flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad, passengers safe


Hyderabad: Seventy passengers travelling in an AirAsia India flight to the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) here witnessed tense moments after the aircraft developed a technical snag before landing on Tuesday.

A statement issued by AirAsia India said the aircraft VT-IXC operating as i51543 from Jaipur to Hyderabad encountered a technical issue and carried out a precautionary engine shut-down. Handling the situation calmly in a professional manner, the crew landed at RGIA, the statement said.

The passengers, who spent tense moments before the plane made the landing safely, were a relieved lot after the aircraft touched ground without further hiccups. The same aircraft, which was supposed to take off from RGIA to Bengaluru later, was grounded and the passengers were accommodated in another flight, sources said.

Aviation engineers were pressed into service to rectify the snag.

“We are carrying out a detailed inspection of the aircraft, having informed DGCA we are assisting in the investigation to establish the cause,” the statement added.

In the statement, AirAsia India said ‘Safety First’ was a core value and the safety of the guests and crew was the single most important criteria in every aspect of the operations.

“The pilots and crew are experienced and well trained to manage these situations. We apologise for the delay on the subsequent flight and confirm that our guests have been re-accommodated,” an AirAsia India spokesperson said.

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