Fuel leak forces Air Asia flight to make emergency landing in India

A320 makes emergency landing at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad
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An Air Asia flight with 76 passengers on board was forced to make an emergency landing in India on Tuesday after it encountered a fuel leak.

The Airbus A320 landed safely at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad after taking off from Jaipur.

The plane landed with one engine in operation after the pilot shut down one of the power plants on noticing a fuel leak.

An emergency was declared at the airport and flights were cleared while the Air Asia flight landed. Emergency services were on standby to react.

A statement from Air Asia confirmed that flight i51543 encountered a technical issue and carried out a precautionary engine shut down.

“Handling the situation calmly in a professional manner the crew landed at Shamshabad, as scheduled,” read the statement.

“We are carrying out a detailed inspection of the aircraft, having informed DGCA we are assisting in the investigation to establish the cause.

"AirAsia India would like to reiterate that ‘Safety First’ is a core value and the safety of our guests and crew is the single most important criteria in every aspect of our operations and our pilots and crew are experienced and well trained to manage these situations.

“We apologise for the delay on the subsequent flight and confirm that our guests have been re-accommodated.”

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