Emirates A330 makes emergency landing in India
Emirates pilots made an emergency landing at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport in India today, around 45 minutes after it departed.
The Airbus A330-200, which had 278 passengers on board at the time, suffered a technical malfunction snag in the undercarriage of the aircraft, according to The Hindu newspaper.
Pilots had initially decided to divert the flight to Mumbai, but choose Thiruvananthapuram as they were close to Kochi at the time, stated the report.
The aircraft has since been grounded and all passengers are safe, including India’s former Union Minister for External Affairs, Shashi Tharoor and his wife, Sunanda Pushkar, who have been shifted to a hotel in the capital.
“Emirates can confirm that flight EK523 that departed Trivandrum International Airport on August 24, 2010 at 04.35 hours local time returned to Trivandrum airport for a routine landing due to a technical issue,” a spokesperson from the Dubai-based airline told LogisticsMiddleEast.com.
“Passengers were looked after by the airline's staff based at the airport and were provided with accommodation where required. Emirates has sent another aircraft which will operate as EK523, due to depart from Trivandrum International Airport at 15.30 hours local time today.”