An Air India Express flight bound for Cochin was seen billowing smoke at Muscat International Airport in Oman; reports from the Times of Oman indicate that 14 people were injured in the incident. Based on reports, officials said passengers on the Air India Express flight were evacuated using slides after smoke was noticed coming from the aircraft. The plane was supposed to depart from Muscat airport to Kochi, India. It should be noted that the incident occurred with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft during its taxing.
Based on the reports, India’s aviation watchdog DGCA will investigate the incident while alternative arrangements are being made to ferry the passengers from Muscat to Cochin.
“A DGCA official said smoke and fire were detected in the number two engine while taxiing for take-off. The relevant checklist was completed after the incident. Slides were deployed and all passengers and crew were evacuated to the taxiway and all were safe, injuries were reported,” he said official, stating that the passengers were transported to the terminal building.