AVI-2ND LD-AIRINDIA-EMERGENCY LANDING

Air India flight makes emergency landing due to tail fire
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    Mumbai/Raipur, Nov 8 (PTI) A Bhubaneswar-Mumbai Air
India flight, carrying over 180 passengers, had to make an
emergency landing on Friday evening at Chhattisgarh's Raipur
Airport due to tail fire, an official said.
    "There was only tail fire but no fire warning in the
cockpit. However, when cabin crew reported a fire on the
engine, the captain discharged the fire extinguisher bottle.
The tail fire could be due to the damage to the engine blades
and incomplete combustion in the engine," an Air India
spokesperson said.
    "Tail fire is not dangerous. Aircraft is still on the
runway while all the passengers are in the terminal building,"
said the spokesperson.
    The flight got airborne at 5.06 pm from Bhubneshwar
for Mumbai and landed at Swami Vivekanand Airport Raipur at
5.50 pm, the spokesperson said.
    "The flight landed under full emergency conditions but
without any event," said the airport official.
    After the flight landed, fire attenders examined the
engines but no fire was observed in any of the engines, he
said, adding that it could have been some technical snag in
the engine which will need further expert examination.
    Efforts are underway to shift the flight from the
runway. This would be done by around 8:30 pm. Till then the
operation of flights at the airport will be shut," he added.
    He also said that passengers have boarded coaches for
the terminal building. PTI AAM IAS TKP
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