A Bangalore-bound Akasa Air flight from here returned to the city airport due to a burning smell in the cabin, which later turned out to be the result of a bird strike.
“Akasa Air flight QP 1103 from Mumbai to Bengaluru on October 14 was diverted back to Mumbai due to an odor in the cabin caused by a bird strike. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai and all passengers were disembarked,” the airline said in a statement.
“The aircraft was placed for a detailed inspection and has now returned to service. Our customer service team assisted passengers and arrangements were made to accommodate their journeys. We sincerely regret the inconvenience caused,” the statement added.
“At Akasa Air, passenger safety and comfort is our highest priority and our crew followed all protocols as per our operating procedures,” a company spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, news agency PTI said the Directorate General of Civil Aviation is investigating the incident.
The number of passengers on board the flight could not be immediately known
A DGCA official told PTI that no other abnormalities including engine parameters were observed.
“Bird remains were found on the No. 1 engine of the aircraft after the inspection landing,” he said, adding that “the burning smell was caused by bird strike,” he said.