Fourteen passengers suffered minor injuries as Air India Express' Kochi-bound flight from Muscat encountered an engine malfunction on Wednesday. According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Air India Express flight IX 442 was scheduled to leave at 11.30 am local time. A fire broke out in one of the engines before taking off from Muscat International Airport, which required the evacuation of passengers. Some minor injuries were reported because of the stampede of passengers during the evacuation process. The injured passengers were given the necessary treatment." Sources in the CAA and Oman Airports added there was no impact on the safety of the passengers and air traffic. In its final and third statement, released in the evening, CAA said, "The emergency has ended, and the situation was dealt with professionally as per the procedures with help from specialists and experts, who will complete their investigations to avoid such incidents in the future." CAA extended thanks to all the aviation sector partners as they helped minimise the potential damage and risks.
14 injured after Kochi-bound flight's engine fire