AI Mumbai-Newark flight diverts to Kazakhstan

Mumbai : An Air India flight from here to Newark, carrying around 300 passengers, was today diverted to Kazakhstan due to technical issues.

The Boeing 777-300 ER plane had landed at the Aktobe international airport in Kazakhstan at around 0800 hours after “some alarm went off” while it was on its way to Newark. The airline said all passengers are safe.

A relief aircraft would be leaving from New Delhi to Aktobe at 1500 hours to ferry the stranded passengers to Newark. The aircraft is expected to reach Aktobe at 1830 hours, Air India said.

An airline spokesperson said the flight was diverted due to technical reasons. There was some alarm that went off and the engineers are inspecting the flight, he added.

In a tweet, the airline said the flight has been diverted on account of operational reasons and that all passengers are being taken care of.

“#AI CMD Mr Lohani spoke to Captain Aroob. The pax (passengers) are satisfied and happy that the flt (flight) safely landed in #Kazakhstan,” Air India said in another tweet.

Aroob is the captain of the flight that was diverted to Kazakhstan.

Generally, Boeing 777-300 ER has seating capacity for around 350 people.