IT was a flight to nowhere for passengers of an Air India Express flight from Mangalore to Dubai on Thursday night.
The IX 813 flight, carrying 185 passengers, was to land at Sharjah as operations had not fully resumed at Dubai International Airport following Wednesday’s crashlanding of an Emirates flight. But the flight was denied a slot at Sharjah Airport and had to turn back.
It could not, however, land at Mangalore airport due to bad weather and landed at Kozhikode at 12.05am. The aircraft finally returned to Mangalore at 2am on Friday, with hapless passengers spending over five hours in air and 50 minutes at Kozhikode Airport.