By: Chandrashekar Bhat
AN AIR INDIA flight from the American city of Newark to Delhi with more than 300 people on board, made an emergency landing in Stockholm on Wednesday (22) morning.
A senior official of India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said the flight, operated with a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, had an oil leak in one of the engines. The engine was shut down and later the aircraft made an emergency landing in Stockholm, Sweden.
In a late Wednesday evening statement, an Air India spokesperson said the airline was in discussion with the Swedish authorities to seek approval for immigration clearance for some of the passengers who were still at the airport.
The airline said the flight landed safely and that the aircraft was being checked to address the technical issue.
The flight, which landed at the Arlanda airport, had a total of 311 people on board, including 15 cabin crew and 4 pilots.
The airline said it had arranged hotel accommodation for all guests.
“Several have cleared immigration and checked in, and we are in discussion with the Swedish authorities to seek approval for immigration clearance for some of our guests who are still at the airport.”
“All guests at the airport are being offered meals and refreshments,” it said.
Around 143 passengers were still at the airport and food has been arranged for them. The lounge area at the airport was cordoned off for the passengers, the sources said.
On Monday (20), an Air India flight from New York to Delhi was diverted to London due to a medical emergency.