US-bound AI flight catches fire at Delhi airport

New Delhi: An Air India (AI) aircraft, bound for a flight to San Francisco, USA, caught fire at the Delhi airport while undergoing repair on Wednesday night.

The incident took place while the aircraft was still at the bay.

Air India officials said that maintenance work was underway and that there were no passengers on the plane at the time of the incident.

Air India said in a statement released on Thursday: “Yesterday night at Delhi when an engineer was doing a routine technical examination of an empty aircraft (777), APU auto shutdown took place. Airport fire personnel observed black fumes from the APU exhaust and believing it to be a fire hazard sprayed APU and part of the fuselage with foam spray.”

The airlines further said, “After this event, APU was examined by opening its cowlings and there was no trace of any burn or external damage noticed except for the minor oil leaks traces, which was normal. A detailed inspection is going.”