Bengaluru-bound AI plane returns to Delhi after fire warning

Earlier, sources said there was a suspected fire in the air conditioning unit of the plane and that an emergency was declared.
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A Delhi-Bengaluru Air India flight, carrying 175 people, returned to the national capital on Friday evening after a fire warning from its auxiliary power unit.

After the situation became apparent, a full emergency was declared at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport around 5:52 pm for the Air India flight AI807. The flight landed back safely at IGI Airport around 6.40 pm. “Air India flight AI807 flying Delhi to Bengaluru air returned to Delhi this evening after a fire warning from its auxiliary power unit. After the pilots exercised necessary protocols, the aircraft made an uneventful landing and all passengers and crew deplaned at the aerobridge safely,” said an Air India spokesperson. 

Earlier, sources said there was a suspected fire in the air conditioning unit of the plane and that an emergency was declared. As per data on the flight tracking website flightradar24, the flight was operated by an Airbus A321 aircraft. Responding to the suspected fire in the aircraft, Delhi Fire Services (DFS) deployed three fire tenders. “We received a call from IGI Airport at 6.15 pm regarding a fire,” a DFS official confirmed.

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