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AI flight makes emergency landing minutes after take off


Union minister Tomar, 110 others safe

BHOPAL: Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar and around 110 other passengers and crew had a close save when a Delhi-bound Air India flight (AI-438) carrying them had to make an emergency landing at Bhopal shortly after takeoff at 9.30 pm on Friday.

The aircraft developed a technical snag just after takeoff. The pilot informed the Air Traffic Control, which permitted the flight to make an emergency landing. Arrangements were made at the airport for deal with any eventuality. The passengers created a ruckus when Air India could not arrange an alternative aircraft for them. It was only around 3.00 am that the AI officials could convince them to shift to hotels. Tomar, who had come to Bhopal to attend Prime Minister Modi’s programme, left for Delhi on Saturday morning by the state government aircraft.

The other passengers were sent to Delhi in a special aircraft at 6:00 am. AI MP chief Vishrut Acharya said, “Passengers were sent to Delhi in the morning.  All passengers, except the minister, left by the special aircraft, which was dispatched from Delhi at 4:00 am and took off from Bhopal at 6:00 am.