- About 69 air passengers almost lost their lives after their plane caught fire in India
- The plane was forced to make an emergency landing soon after taking off from Bengaluru airport
- Activities at the airport were put on hold for a while due to the emergency landing
Jet Airways airlines said on Wednesday, June 15 said its passenger plane, Flight 9W 2839 was bound for Mangalore from Bengaluru but returned to the airport minutes after it took off after smoke was detected in its cabin.
The airline's statement further stated that the 69 passengers and 4 crew members aboard its flight were safe.
“Flight 9W 2839, with 65 passengers and four crew members aboard, took off from Bengaluru airport at 10 a.m. (local time) and returned at 10.20 a.m. (local time).
“The precautionary evacuation of the passengers and crew was carried out immediately on landing. All 64 passengers and four crew members are safe,” it said.
An Indian aviation official said Bengaluru airport was closed briefly for landing and take-off in the morning due to the emergency landing by the Jet Airways flight.
The official also said that a probe had been ordered into the incident.
Meanwhile, a ship searching for the wreckage of the missing EgyptAir jet has identified several main locations of the wreckage in the Mediterranean Sea.
Express UK reports that the Egyptian investigation committee confirmed the find as the search continues to find the black boxes, which could detail exactly what happened to the jet, before their signal runs out.
The deep ocean search vessel John Lethbridge identified the main locations of the wreckage and provided the first images of wreckage to investigators.
A search team on board the ship, contracted by the Egyptian government, will draw a map of the wreckage's distribution spots.
The committee said in a statement the ship "had identified several main locations of the wreckage, accordingly the first images of the wreckage were provided to the investigation committee."
Flight MS804 plunged into the Mediterranean Sea with 66 people on board after taking off from Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris on route to Cairo on May 19.
Investigators are now examining photographs taken of the wreckage from the seabed.
It was not immediately known which parts of the plane had been found, nor whether the two black boxes were nearby.