Paris-bound Air-India flight in emergency landing

20th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

MUMBAI, May 20 (AFP) - Some 428 passengers and crew who were aboard a Paris-bound Air-India flight forced to make an emergency landing Friday took off later in the day after being switched to another plane.

MUMBAI, May 20 (AFP) - Some 428 passengers and crew who were aboard a Paris-bound Air-India flight forced to make an emergency landing Friday took off later in the day after being switched to another plane.  

The Air-India plane was forced to make the emergency landing after developing a "hydraulic failure," an Air-India spokesman said.  

The plane developed problems minutes after taking off from the airport in Mumbai, formerly Bombay, Friday morning. It dumped fuel in the Arabian Sea and later made the safe emergency landing at the airport.   

The plane's problems were followed by television viewers nationwide as  domestic TV networks gave live coverage of the event.  

"The passengers were transferred to a separate (Air-India) plane and the AI 191 flight to Paris took off at 5:00 pm (1130 GMT)," Air-India spokesman Jitendra Bhargava told AFP.   

"The plane was attended to by our engineers but we had a standby plane to which the passengers were transferred," he said.

© AFP

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