Urgent Dubai-Bound Flight from India Diverted Due to Fire Alarm
Shortly after takeoff, an unexpected situation arose when an Air India Express flight from Kerala, India, headed for Dubai had to be diverted owing to a fire alarm.
The flight, identified as IX 345, commenced its journey from Kozhikode Airport with a total of 176 passengers on board. About an hour into the flight, the pilot was alerted to a fire warning indicator in the cargo hold of the aircraft.
Diversion to ensure safety
In response to the fire alarm, the pilot decided to divert the flight to Kannur Airport, a move aimed at ensuring the safety of all passengers and crew members on board. Upon landing at Kannur, it was confirmed that the fire warning had been a false alarm.
Airline representatives, as reported by Indian media, have stated that arrangements are being made for an alternative flight to transport passengers to Dubai, their intended destination. This decision underscores the airline's commitment to minimizing disruptions to passengers' travel plans.
It's important to remember that this is the second incident in recent memory involving this specific flight. The same flight suffered a major delay of more than 10 hours just last month because of a technical problem. The flight from Kozhikode to Dubai was originally scheduled to depart at 8:30 a.m., but it was delayed due to technical issues. After that, the passengers were driven to the airport in Thiruvananthapuram, where, at 7:06 p.m., their flight to the United Arab Emirates eventually took off.
These incidents highlight the importance of prioritizing passenger safety and adhering to aviation safety protocols, even if it results in flight diversions and delays. The airline's proactive approach to addressing potential safety concerns demonstrates their commitment to ensuring the well-being of all travelers on their flights.