A replacement aircraft has been sent Air India from Mumbai to Magadan, Russia (GDX), will fly passengers onwards to San Francisco around 1pm (IST), said a statement by the airline. The ferry flight would be carrying food and other essentials for the stranded passengers.
The aircraft (AI-173), operating between Delhi and San Francisco on 06 June 2023, had to land in Russia after a technical issue en route with one of its engines. The flight with 216 passengers and 16 crew was diverted to Magadan, Russia (GDX), where it had safely landed.
In a statement, the Airline said: “We engaged with the local authorities at GDX that extended all cooperation and support upon the flight’s arrival at GDX. Given the infrastructural limitations around the remote airport, we can confirm that all passengers were eventually moved to a makeshift accommodation, after making sincere attempts to accommodate passengers in hotels locally with the help of local government authorities.”
The statement added: “As we do not have any Air India staff based in the remote town of Magadan or in Russia, all ground support being provided to the passengers is the best possible in this unusual circumstance through our round the clock liaison with the Consulate General of India in Vladivostok, Ministry of External Affairs (Government of India), local ground handlers, and the Russian authorities.”
US ‘Monitoring Situation’
The United States said it is closely monitoring the situation after an Air India flight bound for San Francisco made an emergency landing in Russia.
US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Vedant Patel said the government is continuing to monitor the situation.
“Likely that there are American citizens on board..”, US state department on Air India Flight from Delhi to US, that had to land in Russia. pic.twitter.com/qkiSo3KDZK— Sidhant Sibal (@sidhant) June 7, 2023
“We are aware of a US-bound flight that had to make an emergency landing in Russia and are continuing to monitor that situation closely. I’m not able to confirm how many US citizens were aboard the flight at this time,” Vedant Patel told reporters at his daily news conference.