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Air India Express Flight Makes Emergency Landing Due to Engine Fire

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The Bangalore International Airport Limited stated on Sunday that an Air India Express flight from Bengaluru to Kochi made an emergency landing in Bengaluru following the discovery of a fire in one of the engines.
In a statement, Air India Express said that all of the crew and passengers had been evacuated and that nobody had been harmed.

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According to sources, the fire was found not long after takeoff.

After informing the air traffic controller, the crew members declared a full-scale emergency.

The fire was put out shortly after the emergency landing at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru.

“On May 18, 2024, IX 1132 from Bengaluru to Kochi made an emergency landing at BLR Airport at 2312 hrs, due to a reported fire in one of the engines,” a spokesperson of the BIAL, which manages KIA, said in a statement.

A full-scale emergency was declared, and the fire was promptly extinguished upon landing. All 179 passengers and six crew members have been successfully evacuated from the aircraft, the Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) spokesperson said.

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An Air India Express spokesperson said that due to suspected flames from the right engine after takeoff, the Bengaluru- Kochi flight ‘elected’ to return and carried out a precautionary landing at Bengaluru . The ground services also reported flames, resulting in an evacuation.

“The crew accomplished an evacuation with no injuries to any guests. We regret the inconvenience this has caused and are working to provide alternative arrangements for our guests to reach their destination as soon as possible,” it said.

“A thorough investigation with the regulator shall be accomplished to establish the cause,” it said.

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