COIMBATORE: A Male-bound Go First flight Bengaluru with 92 passengers onboard made an emergency landing at the Coimbatore International Airport on Friday after smoke alarms went off in the aircraft when it was flying in the Kochi air traffic control airspace.
The Airbus 320 aircraft made a safe landing at the airport at around 12.57pm. Engineers checked the aircraft and declared that the smoke alarm went off due to malfunctioning. No issue was detected with the aircraft. The passengers are likely to be taken to Male in another flight in the evening.
Sources in the airport said the flight landed around 10-15 minutes after May Day was declared at the airport. In the meantime, a separate place was allotted for the flight. Two fire tenders were kept in place near the runway, and all men were pooled in to extinguish fire and rescue passengers.
Medical teams were also alerted to manage the situation if there was any fire incident.
Coimbatore airport director S Senthil Valavan said, “Coimbatore air traffic control unit declared full emergency at the airport. All precautions were taken and fire tenders were positioned in a predetermined position. The aircraft landed in Coimbatore, the pilot reported all operations normal,” he said.
The flight took off from Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru t 12.13 pm. Its scheduled departure time was 11.45 am. It should have reached Male by 1.30pm.
Passengers were concerned about the delay in reaching their destination. Shriya Runwal, a lawyer-turned-entrepreneur, said their holiday would be spoiled due to the delay. Transport from Male airport would not be available after 6pm, and they would not able to reach the accommodation they had booked. They might have to spend the night at the airport, she said
“I have paid Rs 76,000 for two people for a two-way air ticket and spent a fortune on accommodation. The flight operator should take full responsibility for spoiling the holiday. We want our air ticket money refunded and our losses are compensated,” she said.
She said that they were not informed about the reasons for the emergency landing even after the flight landed.