A Dubai bound Air India Express plane was grounded at Trichy International Airport on Wednesday following a technical snag. Air India Express flight AXB611, which arrived here at 12.05am on Wednesday, was to depart from here at 1am. However, the Boeing B737-800 aircraft developed a technical snag before take-off.
All the 82 passengers onboard were asked to deplane and wait at the airport.
Sixty out of the 82 passengers were accommodated in a Sharjah-bound Air India Express flight which took off from here at 3.20am.
When the attempt made by a technical team at the airport to rectify the snag went in vain, the officials alerted the regional office in Chennai.
A senior Air India Express official said a technical team would arrive here and fix the fault by 3pm.
“The fault is expected to be rectified within hours. The the remaining 20 passengers will be sent to Dubai around 3pm today”, the official said.
This is the second time an AIE plane operated from here develops a snag this week. On Sunday evening, a Singapore-bound AIE plane was grounded following a fault in its air-conditioning system.
On Friday morning, a Dubai-bound AIE plane hit the perimeter wall and ILS antennae while taking-off from here.