By Mail Online,
ETHIOPIAN Airlines passengers were forced to endure a frustrating experience when their plane had to divert to Mumbai’s primary airport twice on the same day.
Indian media reported that the Boeing 777-300ER first diverted to Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport to refuel about eight hours into its flight from southern China to Addis Ababa.
After topping up it departed for Bole International Airport in the Ethiopian capital, but was forced to return after the flight crew declared an emergency shortly after take-off.
Flight ET607 was carrying 283 passengers and 14 crew members from Guangzhou, China when it had to change course and refuel in Mumbai at about 4:15am local time yesterday.
The twin-engine plane departed for Ethiopia at 7:30am, but was forced to turn back as it flew over the Arabian Sea.
It made an emergency landing in Mumbai due to engine trouble, Mid-Day reported.
The plane was taken out of service for an inspection and any necessary repairs, meaning passengers were forced to disembark and enter the airport terminal.
They had to go through customs before being transferred to a hotel approximately 12 hours after their original departure, Mid-Day reported.
The flight to Addis Ababa was supposed to arrive in a little more than 10 hours without any stops.
MailOnline Travel has contacted Ethiopian Airlines for comment.
The flight diversions occurred just days after the state-owned carrier was named one of the world’s most reliable airlines.
Travel website WanderBrat put Ethiopian Airlines sixth on its list, with Qatar Airways claiming top spot thanks to its flight punctuality, modern fleet and minimal surcharges for passengers.