Fire alarm forces AI to divert flight

Fire alarm forces AI to divert flight

Fire alarm forces AI to divert flight

An Air India flight carrying over 300 people from here to Newark was today diverted to Kazakhstan after detection of fumes in the cargo hold that triggered a fire alarm.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said all passengers are safe and that there was no reason for worry while a relief aircraft is already on the way from New Delhi to ferry the stranded passengers to Newark. The Boeing 777-300 ER plane had landed at the Aktobe international airport in Kazakhstan at around 0800 hours after “some alarm went off” while it was on its way to Newark. An Air India spokesperson said the flight was diverted due to technical reasons. There was some alarm that went off and the engineers are inspecting the flight, he added.

An airline source said that fire alarm was set off after fumes were detected from the cargo hold of the plane. “The fumes were possibly from some perishable items that might have been treated with chemicals,” the source added.

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