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Air India flight to Delhi, with Pakistan envoy, cancelled due to technical snag in Kolkata

Press Trust of India

Last Updated: March 20, 2016, 23:35 IST

Air India flight to Delhi, with Pakistan envoy, cancelled due to technical snag in Kolkata

Engineers examined the aircraft thoroughly, but the snag could not be rectified and the aircraft was declared unfit to fly: Air India

Kolkata: A New Delhi-bound Air India (AI) flight from Kolkata on Sunday evening, with Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit on-board among other passengers, was cancelled due to a technical snag, AI officials said.

"The New Delhi-bound flight was ready for take-off from Kolkata and while pushing back the aircraft from the parking bay, the pilot noticed a technical problem and informed the ground staff," the AI spokesperson here said.

"Engineers examined the aircraft thoroughly, but the snag could not be rectified and the aircraft was declared unfit to fly," he said.

All 237 passengers were de-boarded and 50 of them including Basit were accommodated in another subsequent flight to Delhi, the spokesperson said, adding, the rest of the passengers would be accommodated in another flight tomorrow morning.

first published:March 20, 2016, 23:35 IST
last updated:March 20, 2016, 23:35 IST