Smoke was detected on a Kochi-bound Air India Express flight. All 141 passengers and six crew members were saved. The fire was reported just before the plane was about to take off.
The incident happened while the Kochi-bound Boeing 737-800 aircraft was taxiing and after the warning, the passengers were evacuated as a precautionary measure, the source said. There were 141 passengers and six crew members onboard the aircraft that was operating flight IX 442, the source said. Aviation regulator DGCA will probe the incident.
alternative arrangements are being made to transport passengers from Muscat to Kochi. In India, there have been numerous incidents involving flight safety in recent months.