By Neil Halligan
Delayed flight developed engine problems an hour into journey
An Air India Express flight bound for Dubai had to make an emergency landing after taking off from Thiruvananthapuram.
Air India Express flight IX 539, with around 195 passengers on board, had been delayed by over two hours due to technical problems with the aircraft.
The flight, which was scheduled to take-off at 4.30pm (India time), eventually started its planned journey to Dubai at 7.52pm.
However, further technical problems developed during the flight and after an hour of flying, the plane returned to Thiruvananthapuram, where it made an emergency landing at 10.30pm.
The passengers, believed to be mostly Indians working in the UAE, were due to be flown to Dubai this morning (Wednesday) on a 6.30am flight.