Relief plane to be arranged after Air India Express flight catches fire at Muscat airport

MUSCAT: Air India Express said it is arranging a relief plane to take the passengers after its flight caught fire at Muscat International Airport on Wednesday.

The incident happened when an Air India Express IX442 Boeing 737-800 was scheduled to depart to Kochi from Muscat airport. All passengers have been evacuated immediately from the flight.

“Relief flight to be arranged. We will investigate the incident and also take appropriate action,” an Air India Express official said.

According to officials, 145 passengers including four infants were on board and have been shifted to the terminal building.

Meanwhile, in a statement issued, CAA said “the situation is currently being dealt with by the competent authorities.”

CAA has also confirmed that “there is no impact on the safety of the airport, passengers and air traffic.”

According to Directorate General of Civil Aviation in New Delhi all passengers were safely evacuated after smoke was detected in engine no. 2 of Air India Express flight (to Kochi) on the runway at Muscat airport.

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