New Delhi, Oct 11 : A London-bound Air India aircraft was forced to return to Delhi after being airborne for 30 minutes as the pilot detected smoke in the cabin on Saturday.
An AI official said that all 115 passengers and 15 crew members of the flight AI-111 are safe. The Boeing 777-300 (extended range) aircraft had taken-off from Delhi at 6:50 A.M.
At 7:50 A.M. this morning, a full emergency was declared at the airport when the pilot informed Air Traffic Control about the smoke alarm.
The emergency measures included stationing of fire brigades, ambulances, ladders and other emergency equipment close to the runway to avert a possible mishap.
On Thursday, an emergency was declared at Palam Airport when a Go Air flight from Mumbai landed safely with a damaged nose wheel.