Mon, 09 Jul 2012 14:45:33 GMT | By IANS

Stranded Air India passengers to land in Delhi

New Delhi/Mumbai: The 122 Air India passengers and six crew members stuck in Pakistan after an emergency landing early Monday of their Abu Dhabi-Delhi flight are now expected to arrive on a rescue flight around 3 p.m. airline officials said.

Stranded Air India passengers to land in Delhi

Flight no AI-940, which was scheduled to depart Abu Dhabi at 0015 hours Monday after originating from Bahrain, had to make the landing at Nawabshah airport in Sindh province early Monday after the pilot experienced a hydraulic failure warning.

"All the 122 passengers and six crew members are safe. We expect them to arrive in New Delhi around 3 pm on a relief aircraft which we have sent from here (Delhi)," a senior Air India official told IANS.

India's Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai was also in touch with the High Commission in Islamabad. The external affairs ministry said it was also in constant touch with the Indian mission and the pilots.

According to the Air India official, the passengers were being well taken care of, with senior officials contacting an airport restaurant at Nawabshah for providing meals and other basic provisions to the passengers.

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