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.
#AI405, VNSDEL had an emergency landing. All 146 pax were evacuated & taken to terminal building. All pax are safe & have been taken care of— Air India (@airindiain) September 7, 2015
Meanwhile, Asian News International provided an update on what led to the incident.
UPDATE: AI flight 405 caught minor fire due to hydraulic leak while landing at Delhi Airport, several injured during evacuation process.— ANI (@ANI_news) September 7, 2015
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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