Air India to operate alternate flight to take passengers from Magadan to San FranciscoWashington:
The US on Tuesday said it is closely monitoring the situation after a San Francisco-bound Air India flight made an emergency landing in Russia. The Tata Group-owned private carrier said in a statement on Tuesday evening that flight AI173 from Delhi was diverted to Magdan in Russia due to an engine failure. The flight landed safely with 216 passengers and 16 crew on board.
"We are aware of a US-bound plane that made an emergency landing in Russia. We are closely monitoring the situation. However, I have not been able to confirm how many American citizens were on board at this time," he told reporters at his daily news conference.
Vedant Patel said in response to a question, "This flight was bound for the United States. Therefore, it is certainly likely that there are American citizens on the plane. Air India is sending another aircraft to take passengers to the destination. However, I would not like to say much about this, because the airline can give exact information about this.
"Air India will operate an alternate flight from Magadan to San Francisco on June 173 with all passengers and crew of AI-777 who have been accommodated at a local hotel in Magdan," an Air India spokesperson said in a statement. The aircraft (Boeing <>) is being inspected and all assistance has been provided to passengers at the airport, the company said.
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