An Emirates flight from Dubai to Male with 309 passengers on board today landed under emergency conditions at the city airport after the pilot detected smoke on board.
“The ATC declared full emergency at the MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Limited) at 1359 hrs after a Boeing 777flight of Emirates (EK 652) from Dubai to Male had to make an emergency landing following detection of smoke in the aircraft,” a Mumbai airport official said on Tuesday.
After the pilot sent an SOS to Air Traffic Controllers, the Coast Guard rushed ships out on stand-by just in case the plane was not able to cross the sea to reach the international airport.
Ambulances and emergency services greeted the plane as it landed at the airport.
The flight with 309 passengers and crew landed safely at 1458 hrs on Runway 9 of the Mumbai airport, the official said.