Fuel leakage caused the fire on AI flight

September 4th, 2009 - 6:41 pm ICT by IBNS  

Mumbai, Sept 4 (IBNS) Initial reports have confirmed that a leak in the fuel tank of the Boeing 747 Air India flight triggered the fire in its left engine Friday.

“Oil was found sipping out of a leak in the fuel tank at the wings of the aircraft. Preliminary reports suggest the fuel tickled to the wings and the left engine. The heat of the engine caused fire,” Air India officials told news channels Friday.

“This is a sheer example of poor maintenance and negligence. This is no ordinary fire…this could have led to a major catastrophe,” air safety expert Capt. Mohan Ranganathan told Times Now.

Meanwhile, a maintenance engineer of Air India has been sacked after this incident.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has already ordered a probe into the incident.

According to media reports, 21 out of the 213 passengers on board received minor injuries while they were being evacuated via slides. Six were taken to air medical centre for first aid.

Around 10.50 am Friday, passengers noticed sparks from the left engine of the aircraft minutes while taxiing for take off. The Flight AI 829 was immediately grounded and passengers evacuated.

Four fire engines rushed to the spot and doused the flames in about two hours’ time.

All passengers of the Riyadh-bound flight will be shortly flown to their destination in an alternative flight.

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