An Air India flight on its way from New Delhi to Frankfurt, Germany on Wednesday suffered cabin decompression and returned to the national capital, thus averting a possible mishap. The Boeing 787 took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 1.35 pm and cabin decompression was detected when it attained the altitude of 20,000 feet, officials said.
The pilot of the AI-121 turned back from Rajasthan air space and landed safely at Delhi airport at around 4 pm, they said. The aircraft was grounded and another plane is being scheduled on Thursday to fly the passengers to Frankfurt, the officials said.
Replying on the incident, Air India asserted on Twitter that no passenger has suffered any injury. Speaking on the departure of the flight, AI said that the flight will operate with a change of aircraft at 6 am on Thursday from Delhi.
Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah took a dig at the national carrier following this incident, after it earlier this week made it mandatory for the cabin crew to say ‘Jai Hind’ after every announcement.
“I’m glad everyone is safe. I can’t resist asking if the crew remembered the compulsory slogan while asking passengers to use their oxygen masks. Of course with the correct pause & the right amount of emphasis,” he said on Twitter.