Air India flight B737-800 bound for Kozhikode airport in Karipur, Kerala, was forced to turn back towards Abu Dhabi due to an engine failure which caused one of the turbines of the plane to ignite into flames. This incident happened soon after the plane had taken off the runway, and thus, was quickly able to turn back and land safely. Air India Express, in a statement, said that all passengers aboard that flight were returned to the ground without any injuries or casualties.
According to the statement given by DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation), there were 184 passengers aboard when the flight took off.
After the plane had taken off and climbed to an altitude of 1000 feet, The pilot detected a flame in one of the engines and immediately decided to return towato Abu Dhabi airport.
Officially, the DGCA said in a statement, “Today an Air India Express B737-800 aircraft VT-AYC operating flight IX 348 (Abu Dhabi-Calicut) was involved in Air Turnback due to the flameout in engine No. 1 at 1,000 ft during the climb.”
Interestingly, this isn’t the first case in recent months that has negatively impacted Air India Express. In recent news, an Aofficials stated that ir India flight from 23rd of January bound from Trivandrum towards Muscat was forced to land back due to technical glitches, stey further mentioned in a statement that the plane had taken off at 8:30 a.m. in the morning and proceeded to land back at 9:17 a.m.
Going back a month, in December 2022, a flight bound from Calicut to Dubai reached its destination when a flight attendant discovered a snake aboard. Due to the severity of the incident, the aviation regulatory body procedure to order a detailed and thorough probe pertaining to the incident.
Be as it may, the outlook for Air India Express does not look highly favorable due to these recent events, which are bound to cast a shadow over its service performance.