Chennai, Mar 1 : A Tuticorin-bound SpiceJet flight with 83 members on board, including Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edpapadi K Palaniswami, returned to Chennai soon after takeoff and made an emergency landing, following a technical snag on Friday.
Mr Palaniswami was on his way to Kanniyakumari to participate in a function in which Prime Minister Narendra Modi would inaugurate Railway projects and flag off the Madurai-Chennai Tejas express train.
Airport sources said the flight, with a complement of 78 passengers and five crew members, took off for Tuticorin at 7.50 am. After the pilot noticed a technical snag while the flight was airborne, it returned to Chennai and made an emergency landing at 8.35 am. Later, Mr Palaniswami, along with four other passengers, left for Madurai by an IndiGo airlines flight at 9.10 am. From Madurai, the Chief Minister was expected to reach Kanniyakumari by road.
The remaining 73 passengers were stranded in Chennai airport and the authorities were making arrangements to accommodate them in other flights. Senior airport officials have launched an inquiry into the incident. (UNI)