Neighbourhood News Desk/Avi Arya: Alliance Air plane flying to the national Capital from Pathankot made an emergency landing on Monday at the Indira Gandhi International Airport due to a mid-air technical glitch in one of the engines. The ATR 72 aircraft with 42 passengers landed safely at around 1.45 pm. Alliance Air is the regional arm of the up-for-sale Air India.Air Traffic Control (ATC) declared full emergency at around 1:30 pm for flight AI-836 flying from Pathankot to New Delhi, adding that the flight landed safely on runway 11/29 at 1:44 pm.
Pathankot became a part of the civil aviation map only last week when Alliance Air started operating its first flight from New Delhi to the border district in Punjab, which shares international borders with Pakistan, under the government’s regional connectivity scheme UDAN on April 5. Alliance Air began operations with an ATR aircraft on the route with three flights Monday, Tuesday and Thursday in a week.