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May 27, 2020

Air Asia flight makes emergency landing in Hyderabad airport

An Air Asia flight has made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the Indian city of Hyderabad after developing a technical fault.

An Air Asia flight has made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in the Indian city of Hyderabad after developing a technical fault.

According to an India Today report, the Air Asia flight I51543, which was travelling from Jaipur to Hyderabad, made an emergency landing due to a fuel leakage. The flight had 76 passengers on-board.

The pilots made the emergency landing with one engine, while the other was turned off as a precautionary measure.

After it landed, passengers for the onward journey to Bengaluru were accommodated in another flight.

In a statement, Air Asia said: “Aircraft VT-IXC operating as I51543 from Jaipur to Hyderabad on 26 May 2020, encountered a technical issue and carried out a precautionary engine shut down.

“Handling the situation calmly in a professional manner, the crew landed at Shamshabad, as scheduled.

“We are carrying out detailed inspection of the aircraft. Having informed DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) we are assisting in the investigation to establish the cause.”

The incident happened a day after India resumed domestic flight operations, which were suspended for nearly two months due to Covid-19-related lockdown and restrictions.

Currently, one-third of pre-lockdown domestic flights are scheduled to operate with several health and safety guidelines in place.

As of 27 May, Indian has confirmed more than 153,000 Covid-19 cases. The death toll has also increased to 4,365.

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