Delhi-Kabul Air India flight lands after hour-long tense drama

Air India flight AI-243 from Delhi to Kabul had to spend a high-strung hour in the skies over Kabul as Taliban arrived at the gates of the Afghan national capital.

The two-hour-twenty-minute flight had left Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi on time this Sunday, but situation at its destination had changed drastically by the time of its arrival. As Taliban fighters reached the outskirts of Kabul, the air traffic control (ATC) could not help the Air India flight with its landing.

Without the permission to land, Air India flight AI-243 kept hovering in the skies as fear and panic gripped the city below. The pilot had to reportedly switch off the plane’s radar in order to avoid detection and possible attack.

After spending an hour in the Kabul airspace, the flight finally landed at Kabul airport. It is now being refueled as security check and boarding process for passengers is underway. The Air India flight is expected to return with a full load of passengers, including diplomats and security officials posted in Indian embassy in Kabul, to New Delhi later tonight.


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