“The flight landed safely at around 1 PM. All the passengers, including the crew, are safe and evacuated. The aeroplane has been moved to the technical area for repairs,” Director of the airport C V Ravindran instructed. Airline sources stated preparations could be made to move the passengers quickly to Kozhikode, previously Calicut.
The plane took off from Sharjah at 7 AM and was speculated to land at 12.40 PM in Kozhikode. Airport sources stated the flight was diverted to Thiruvananthapuram as there was the chance of landing on the table-top runway of Kozhikode airport, particularly in an emergency state of affairs. The flight was carrying 104 passengers and eight crew members.