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Close shave for 206 passengers

Friday, 9 November 2012 - 2:41am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Emirates flight makes emergency landing after engine catches fire.

An Emirates Airways Bangkok-Dubai flight made an emergency landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji international airport on Wednesday night after one of its engine caught fire.
All 206 passengers are safe.

Full emergency was declared at the airport following the call.

All emergency services, including the fire-fighting machinery and ambulances, were pressed into service.

The area was cordoned off by the security personnel of Central Industrial Security Force and additional personnel from the local police force.

Airport authorities said the pilot of Emirates EK373 Bangkok-Dubai flight asked permission for an emergency landing at 11.22pm.

After the Air Traffic Control (ATC) granted permission, the flight landed safely at 11.36pm.
“The aircraft landed safely although one engine had caught fire,” said a source from the airport.

All the 206 people on board, including 16 crew members, were moved to safety. 
“Another aircraft departed at 7.20am (Dubai time) to Dubai taking the passengers and crew members,” said a spokesperson of Emirates Airways.

The aircraft was towed away to one of the hangars and is being repaired by engineers of the airline.

On Monday, an Air India aircraft with around 400 Haj pilgrims made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport after the pilot suspected a technical snag in the engine. The plane was coming from Jeddah in Saudi Arabia.

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