Air India's Newark-Delhi flight makes emergency landing after oil leak
An Air India flight from Newark (United States) to Delhi on Wednesday made an emergency landing in Stockholm, Sweden, after the pilot reported an oil leak. According to ANI, nearly 300 passengers were onboard flight AI106 when a technical issue forced the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to be diverted to Stockholm. Meanwhile, officials have stated that all passengers are safe.
Why does this story matter?
- India is currently the world's third-largest domestic aviation market, trailing only the United States and China.
- As per the India Brand Equity Foundation, it is expected to overtake the United Kingdom to become the third-largest air passenger market by 2024.
- The recent incidents, however, are seen as a setback for the growing sector, which has emerged as one of the fastest-growing industries lately.
Fire engines were deployed at Stockholm airport
What do officials say?
Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official told PTI that an oil leak was found in one of the flight's engines, which was shut down immediately. "Once the engine was turned down due to the oil spill, the airplane landed safely in Stockholm," he said, adding that the experts reportedly started inspecting the plane for further journey.
Major tragedy averted due to timely intervention: Reports
Meanwhile, officials said the inspection was still going on in the flight. Reportedly, during the ground inspection, the expert team discovered oil dripping from engine two's drain mast. According to the airline officials, pilots detected the technical issue and immediately diverted the flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Stockholm to avoid any untoward incident.
Recent incidents of emergency landing
This comes after an Air India flight (AI-102) from New York to Delhi was diverted to London on Monday due to an alleged onboard medical emergency. An IndiGo Airline's plane flying from Delhi to Deoghar, Jharkhand, on Monday also had to be landed in Lucknow following a bomb scare. A man had allegedly spread a bomb scare, which was later found to be false.