GUWAHATI: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight had to make a sudden precautionary landing at Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport at Borjhar here on Monday evening causing panic among passengers.
The flight was reportedly hit by birds soon after it took off from the LGBI airport. Some of the passengers told The Sentinel that the flight was shaking in mid-air after it was hit by birds. While the passengers said it was an "emergency" landing, the Airport Authority of India (AAI) said that Monday's landing did not fall in the category of an emergency landing.
"Passengers were terrified after the flight made a massive sound of hitting some objects and started shaking. The incident took place about ten minutes after the flight took off from the LGBI airport. The flight was going around in the mid-air for nearly 30 minutes. Finally, we were told by the crew members that the flight would make an emergency landing at LGGI airport," Santanu Bharali, senior Assam BJP leader and lawyer who was on the flight, said.
Bharali, a frequent flier said he had never come across such an incident. "I was also scared after the plane started shaking. Finally, we landed safely," he said. The flight had 100 plus passengers.
Indra Mohan, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of AAI at LGBI airport told this reporter that the sudden landing of the Delhi-bound flight on Monday evening did not fall in the category of an emergency landing. He said that it was a precautionary landing keeping in mind the safety of passengers.
Mohan said the flight must have been hit by birds. He said the same flight took off for Delhi from the LGBI airport after a few hours of the incident.