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Muscat based Oman Air Boeing 737 operating a flight from Kozhikode to its base returned to Kozhikode following a technical snag. All passengers are safe.
Oman Air Boeing 737 returns
Oman Air Boeing 737-900 registered as A4O-BY was operating flight WY 298 from Calicut Kozhikode International Airport to Muscat International Airport.
The Boeing 737 departed from the airfield at 03:44 AM and started to climb. It reached to a height of 16,000 ft and then, the pilots noticed some technical issue with the aircraft. The aircraft started turning back towards Kozhikode. It was directed to hold twice, once at 14,000 ft and second at 7,000 ft.
Most probably, to burn fuel, so that the aircrfat is not overweight during landing.
The aircraft had 169 people onboard including the crew members, It circled over the airport for more than 2 hours to burn fuel. After reaching adequate landing weight, the aircraft landedback at Kozhikode Airport. All passengers safe.
After inspection, the same aircraft was cleared to depart and fly the stranded passengers to Muscat.
About the aircraft
Oman Air registered this aircraft as A4O-BY, and its MSN is 44424. The Boeing 737-900 first flew on 3 March, 2015. Oman Air received the delivery of this aircraft on 16 March 2015. It is powered by 2 CFM engines.
This airframe is 8.4 years old. Oman Air majorly uses this aircraft for India operations. Primary reason is because of its capacity. The Boeing 737-900 is the extended version of Boeing 737NG series. This particular aircraft of Oman Air can accomodate upto 183 passengers in 2 class configurations. It has 12 Business class seats and 171 Economy class seats.
Oman Air is a Full Service airline based in Muscat, Oman’s capital city. The airline was established in 1993 and has since grown to become a reputable carrier in the Middle East, offering both domestic and international flights.
The airline serves a wide range of destinations in Middle East, Asia, Africa and SouthEast Asia.
The aircraft made an emergency landing at Kozhikode International Airport because of an issue with the weather radar. Everyone onboard safe.
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Source : India Today