Over 350 passengers stranded in Jeddah after AI plane develops snag

NEW DELHI: Over 350 passengers, including IUML MP E T Mohammed Basheer, were stranded at Jeddah airport after a Boeing 747 of Air India suffered a technical problem on Wednesday. The airline dispatched two aircraft from Mumbai and Delhi to bring them back today.
The passengers of the Jeddah-Kozhikode flight AI-962 spent several hours at Jeddah’s King Abdulaziz International Airport before they were provided with accommodation by the airline at nearby hotels, an airline official said here.
They said two Airbus A-320 aircraft were flown from Delhi and Mumbai on Thursday to bring back the stranded passengers. A Boeing 747-400 of Air India can accommodate over 400 passengers, while a B 747-300 has 342 seats.
Due to the problem suspected in the hydraulic system of the aircraft, Air India rescheduled the departure of flights to Kozhikode and Hyderabad.
The stranded passengers included several elderly Umrah pilgrims besides women and children, according to reports from Jeddah.
They said one of the two aircraft sent on Thursday would return later tonight while the other would return Friday early morning.