The world’s largest aircraft Airbus A-380 on its way from Bangkok to Dubai made an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) early on Sunday morning, after the pilots detected a technical snag.
The Emirates aircraft EK385 with 481 passengers touched down at 0345 hrs, in full emergency conditions.
A full contingent of fire tenders, ambulances and support staff were on standby as the A380 landed in Hyderabad.
The aircraft which was flying over central India was diverted and permitted to land in RGIA in Shamshabad, about 30kilometres from Hyderabad.
The Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (RFF) upgraded themselves from CAT-9 to CAT-10 category to ensure safe landing of the aircraft.
The aircraft has been towed to the parking bay and the passengers were sent to Dubai in different aircraft including a special plane arranged by Emirates. While 80 passengers were sent in a Hyderabad – Du
bai Emirates flight (EK527), another special flight was operated by the airline to Dubai for some passengers.
Some more were being accommodated in another flight leaving Hyderabad on Sunday evening.
The RGIA, is compliant to handle Code-F aircraft movements.
Interestingly, for the third time an Airbus A-380 landed at Hyderabad Airport within a span of three years- First being a ferry flight in October 2008, second time in June 2011, a commercial aircraft, EK-413 flying from Sydney to Dubai landed for a medical emergency and now EK 385.