Air India Dreamliner makes unscheduled landing

Air India's Boeing 787 Dreamliner (photo by IanC66)
Air India’s Boeing 787 Dreamliner (photo by IanC66)

One of Air India’s new fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft was forced to make an unscheduled landing in Budapest on Thursday evening, due to a technical problem.

The aircraft was flying from London to Mumbai when it reported an engine fault, according to Hungarian news agency MTI.

The Dreamliner was actually flying over Serbian airspace at the time of the incident, but pilots made the decision to double back and land in Hungary’s capital, Budapest.

The aircraft was unable to continue its journey, so Air India re-routed two other flights, from Paris and Frankfurt to Delhi, to Budapest. One of the aircraft was used to carry all passengers from the two Delhi-bound flights to the Indian capital, while the other picked up the stranded Mumbai-bound passengers.

The exact nature and severity of the Dreamliner fault is unclear, but the aircraft is believed to remain in Budapest.

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