Air India Flight From New Delhi to San Francisco Makes Emergency Landing in Russia
An Air India flight traveling from New Delhi to San Francisco was forced to make an emergency landing in Russia due to an engine problem, officials confirmed on Wednesday.
The incident left passengers, many of whom are from the Bay Area, stranded in Russia.
Concerns arose among family members as news of the emergency landing spread.
They took to social media to express their worries and provide updates on the situation.
There was particular concern that the flight might become entangled in the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
However, the flight path showed that it took the passengers to the eastern end of Russia, away from the conflict zone.
The State Department has been closely monitoring Russia’s response to the situation and Air India’s efforts to bring the passengers back to San Francisco.
This has provided some relief to the worried family members.
However, the extended duration of the ordeal has added to their concerns, especially for elderly passengers who have been away from home for an extended period.
Air India has arranged for a replacement aircraft to transport the passengers to their intended destination.
Family members have shared photos on social media showing the passengers accommodated in a school, where they are provided with meals and sleeping arrangements on cots.
The families are hopeful that the passengers will be able to return to the Bay Area as soon as possible.
According to a tweet from Air India, a ferry flight equipped with food and essentials for the passengers has departed and is en route to the airport.
The flight is expected to depart from Magadan Airport and arrive at San Francisco International Airport on June 8th, providing the passengers with a long-awaited return home.
It has been a challenging journey for these passengers, but the hope is that they will finally reach their homes tomorrow.
The efforts made by Air India and the support from the State Department have brought some reassurance to the concerned families awaiting the safe return of their loved ones.