Several air passengers on board a flight have had an extremely lucky escape after their plane caught fire in the air.
The management of Jet Airways airlines, on Wednesday revealed that its passenger plane, Flight 9W 2839, with 69 people on board, made an emergency landing after it caught fire soon after taking off from Bengaluru airport in southern India.
It said in a statement that the private airlines operating domestic flight headed to neighbouring city of Mangalore from Bengaluru but returned to the airport minutes after it took off after smoke was detected in its cabin.
“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).
It, however, said there was no casualty, as all passengers and crew members were safe.
“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.