New Delhi: An Air India Express flight en route from Thiruvananthapuram to Saudi Arabia was forced to make an emergency landing after the pilots noticed a crack in the windshield of the airplane, reported PTI. According to an airport official, the flight took off from Kerala’s capital at 7.52 am.
After an hour into the flight, the pilots noticed that a crack had formed on the windshield of the aircraft after which the plane immediately turned back to Thiruvananthapuram to make an emergency landing, said an airport official.
According to the official, the flight landed at the airport at around 8:50 am.
The plane had no passengers on board due to Covid-19 restrictions and was carrying a cargo load and a crew of eight.
All the crew members, including the pilots, are safe, C V Ravindran, the Director of Thiruvananthapuram Airport, told PTI.
Ravindran said that the crack must have formed while the plane was in the air as it was not detected during the pre-flight check.
The flight was going to return from Damman in Saudi Arabia with Indian passengers as part of the ‘Vande Bharat Mission’, he added.
With inputs from PTI