x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 17 January 2018

Emirates flight to Dubai makes unscheduled stop due to 'technical snag'

A 'technical snag' was blamed for the unscheduled stop of an Emirates Airline flight in India today. The flight was heading to Dubai from Bangkok, Thailand. The passengers have been placed on other planes.

DUBAI // A double-decker Emirates Airline flight carrying 410 passengers was forced to make an unscheduled stop in India today because of a "technical snag", the airline said.

The A380 aircraft was on its way to Dubai from Bangkok, Thailand when it made the landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport, in Hyderabad, India in the early-morning hours.

"Emirates can confirm flight EK 385, an A380 aircraft from Bangkok to Dubai, was diverted to Hyderabad International Airport today at 0345 hours due to a technical snag in the aircraft," an Emirates spokeswoman said in a statement.

All of the passengers were taken off the aircraft safely, the carrier said.

"205 passengers departed on EK 527, a Boeing 777 aircraft at 10.20 local hours," the statement said.

The remaining 205 passengers were due to board relief flight EK 8385 and fly out at around 11.30am today

"Emirates regrets any inconvenience caused, the safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance," the statement said.

 

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