AI rectifies glitch in Boeing plane stranded in Magadan; aircraft departs

Air India. Image: Bloomberg

India’s national carrier said on Saturday that an Air India Boeing that was stopped in Magadan in Russia’s far east is now airborne after engineers corrected a fault in an engine oil system and that the plane would land in Mumbai later in the day. .

On June 6, AI 173 which was operating from Delhi to San Francisco with 216 passengers and 16 crew on board was diverted to the port city of Magadan in far eastern Russia after an in-flight malfunction in one of the engines of the Boeing 777-200LR.

They were all stranded in the port city for two days and the replacement plane flew them to San Francisco on June 8.

An Air India spokesperson said on Saturday that the B777-200LR, with registration mark VT-ALH, which was parked at Magadan, Russia (GDX) after diverting AI173 DEL-SFO on June 6, has left GDX and is en route to Mumbai. .

“We can confirm that a defect in the oil system of one of the aircraft’s engines was rectified by our engineering team who traveled by ferry to GDX on June 7. The aircraft was inspected according to all safety standards and cleared for service prior to take-off from GDX today,” the spokesperson said in a statement. .

According to a source, there are two pilots and eight cabin crew on board.

The airline had sent four engineers aboard the ferry to Magadan on June 7 and resolved the oil pressure problem in one of the stranded aircraft’s engines.

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First published: June 10, 2023 | 1:55 p.m ist