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Air India Flight Catches Fire, At Least Four Injured During Evacuation

Impacting Travel | Patrick Clarke | September 08, 2015

Air India Flight Catches Fire, At Least Four Injured During Evacuation

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At least four people were reportedly injured when an Air India flight caught fire prior to making an emergency landing in New Delhi Monday, the Independent reported.

Flight AI 405 was carrying more than 140 passengers and traveling from Varanasi when a hydraulic failure occurred, leading to a fire in the plane's undercarriage.

During the evacuation, four to five people suffered minor injuries.

"Air India flight AI 405 from Varanasi to Delhi had an emergency landing here as the pilot reported hydraulic failure at around 1916 hours," said airport sources in a statement via Onmanorama. "However, a small fire was seen in the undercarriage of the aircraft after landing which was quickly doused."

"All passengers were evacuated safely, however, some 4-5 of them sustained minor injuries during evacuation."

The injured passengers were provided first aid treatment at Indira Ghandi International Airport.

The incident occurred shortly after 7 p.m. local time Monday, with the airline confirming the emergency landing via Twitter.

Meanwhile, Asian News International provided an update on what led to the incident.

However, in its own statement, Air India denied any fire and said that no passengers were injured during the evacuation: "Air India flight 405 Varanasi-Delhi had an emergency landing due to hydraulic leak. This resulted in (a) few sparks at the nose wheel. There was no fire. All 146 passengers were evacuated safely and taken to terminal building. No passenger was injured."

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