An Air India Express Boeing 737 flying to Dubai returned to its origin airport after the pilots noticed some issue with the aircraft. The aircraft is currently under inspection.
Air India Express Boeing 737 returns
So, here is the full incident. An Air India Express Boeing 737 registered as VT-AXZ was operating IX 539 from Thiruvananthapuram International Airport (TRV) to Dubai International Airport (DXB).
On 07:47 AM, the Boeing 737 takes off from Thiruvananthapuram Airport. It continues to climb till 36,000 ft. Above Lakshadweep Islands, the aircraft initiates the turning maneuver. The aircraft turns bac towards its origin airport. After descending to 8,000 ft, it enters into a holding pattern and starts circling. Then, it again enters a holding pattern at 4,100 ft. Most probably, to burn more fuel so that the aircraft is not overweight during landing. At 10:21 AM, the aircraft successfully landed.
The aircraft had 174 people onboard along with the crew members. No injuries were reported. Kudos to the pilots.
Reason behind coming back
An official told Livemint that the reason behind air turnback of the aircraft was an issue with air conditioning of the aircraft. The aircraft VT-AXZ is currently under inspection by the engineering team.
The airline arranged an alternative aircraft for stranded passengers. 7.4 years old Boeing 737 registered as VT-GHA took the stranded passengers to Dubai.
About the aircraft
The aircraft involved in this incident is a 14.5 years old Boeing 737-800NG. The aircraft flew for the first time in January 2009. It was delivered to Air India Express in February of the same year. Almost all Air India Express features special tail arts. This particular Boeing 737 has “Himalayan Peaks / Desert” tail design.
Air India Express inducted 2 Boeing 737 from Vistara – VT-TGG and TGH. Both have white tail livery.
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Source : Livemint