Friday, February 20, 2004

Emergency landing in Delhi

A US Air Force plane has made an emergency landing in Delhi, India:

A US Air Force aircraft with 111 defence personnel on board made an emergency landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport here today after fire was detected in one of its engines, police and airport sources said.

The KC-10, mid-air refuelling aircraft, had taken off from the airport at 2.10 p.m. after refuelling when the crew noticed fire in the engine at 2.26 p.m., they said.

Full emergency was declared at the airport with fire tenders rushing to the tarmac to meet any eventuality, the sources said.

The fire was extinguished even as the aircraft was in the air and it landed safely around 2.42 p.m., they said. All the people on board were safely evacuated and the emergency was called off at 2.49 p.m., they said.

The plane, which had come along with F-15 fighter jets for participating in the Indo-US Cope-India-04 joint exercises in Gwalior, was en route to Anderson Air Base in Guam, the sources said.


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