AirAsia flight makes emergency landing in KolkataChristian Fernsby ▼ | March 4, 2020
An AirAsia flight to Bagdogra with 171 passengers including West Bengal minister Aroop Biswas on board encountered a hailstorm soon after takeoff and was forced to make an emergency landing in the airport after the pilot suspected damage to the windshield, the airlines said in a statement today.
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The pilot contacted Air Traffic control and sought permission for an emergency landing. Given the green signal, the plane touched down safely.
Confirming that the plane encountered a hail storm after takeoff, AirAsia India in an official statement said: "Suspecting damage to the windshield, the crew elected to return to Kolkata and have the aircraft inspected".
"We reiterated that we place safety and security foremost in all aspects of operations and apologise for the inconvenience caused, said the airline''s chief of safety. ■