Emirates Boeing 777 makes emergency landing in Mumbai

Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates May 10, 2016.
Emirates aircraft at Dubai International Airport, United Arab Emirates May 10, 2016.PHOTO: REUTERS

DUBAI (AFP) - An Emirates Boeing 777-300 aircraft heading to the Maldives made an emergency landing in Mumbai on Tuesday (July 26) because of a "technical fault", the airline said in a statement.

"Emirates can confirm tha... flight EK652 from Dubai to Male was diverted to Mumbai due to a technical fault," the airline said, adding that the passengers had disembarked safely.

"The aircraft has been serviced and will continue its journey to Male with a six-hour delay," it said, without elaborating.

Indian media reported that smoke had been detected on board.

Emirates serves more than 153 destinations from its hub at Dubai International - ranked the world's busiest airport for international passengers last year.