An Air India Airbus A321 was forced to divert for an unscheduled stop yesterday. The unscheduled diversion was prompted as a passenger reported seeing flames from an engine out of the window. No injuries have been reported as a result of the incident.
Engine fires always need to be taken seriously. Should they spread to other parts of the aircraft, they could potentially cause severe consequences. While engines are equipped with fire extinguishers to put out engine fires, it is still advisable to land sooner rather than later following a suspected engine fire. This is exactly what the Air India pilots opted to do yesterday.
Air India flight 670
Air India’s flight AI670 is a daily scheduled flight between Bhubaneswar (BBI) toward the east of India, and Mumbai, on the opposite side of India. The flight typically takes between two hours and two hours and 25 minutes.
AI670 was scheduled to depart from Bhubaneswar at 16:40, however, this varies by day. Following the cross country flight, the Airbus A321 was due to touch down in Mumbai at 18:45. This represents a total scheduled flight time of two hours and 45 minutes. However, sometimes the figure is higher or lower.