An Air India Express flight made an precautionary landing at Kozhikode in Kerala today after a fire warning was sounded in the cargo compartment, news reports said.
“An Air India Express flight made a precautionary landing at Kozhikode today after pilots detected fire alarm from cargo. With 17 passengers onboard, the flight was scheduled for Calicut-Kuwait,” an official statement from the airline spokesperson read.
An Air India Express flight made an emergency landing at Kozhikode, Kerala following fire warning in Cargo compartment. pic.twitter.com/1kqcR3YNio
— ANI (@ANI) April 9, 2021
Fire tenders were rushed to the spot and can be seen next to the aircraft in photographs that were circulating on social media.
The Indian Express said that the flight to Kuwait, which took off from Karipur airport near Kozhikode on Friday morning with 17 passengers and six crew made a ‘precautionary’ landing shortly after take-off as a fire alarm went off in the cargo section, airport sources said.
Air India Express emergency landing at Kozhikode.
— Tarun Shukla (@shukla_tarun) April 9, 2021
False Alarm: Air India Express
Airport director-in charge, Muhammed Sahid, said that all the passengers and crew on board the flight are safe. The flight had taken off at 8.38 am and landed safely by 9.11 am. After the alarm went off, the pilot chose to return and the aircraft landed safely, officials said, adding on investigation, it was found that it was a false alarm.