Singapore Airlines flight has 'technical fault' after landing in Kolkata airport

SIA said Flight SQ516, which was travelling from Singapore to Kolkata, encountered a technical fault during landing.
SIA said Flight SQ516, which was travelling from Singapore to Kolkata, encountered a technical fault during landing.PHOTO: ST FILE

SINGAPORE - A Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight carrying more than 230 passengers and crew had a "technical fault" after landing at an airport in India last Saturday (May 5).

In response to queries from The Straits Times, a spokesman for SIA said on Monday that Flight SQ516, which was travelling from Singapore to Kolkata, encountered a technical fault during landing.

All passengers disembarked safely, said the spokesman, adding that engineers on the ground would be servicing the aircraft.

The aircraft was an Airbus A-330. There were 228 passengers and 13 crew on board the flight.

In a second statement on Monday afternoon, SIA said engineers on the ground had repaired the aircraft, with the plane departing Kolkata as SQ517 on Sunday at around 9pm (11.30pm Singapore time). The plane arrived in Singapore at 1.50am on Monday. 

On Sunday, the Times of India reported that an SIA flight had a hydraulic failure after landing at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at around 11.30pm the day before.

After landing, the plane could not be moved from the runway for around 20 minutes, according to an official quoted by the Mumbai-based newspaper.

The report added that an airport technical team had to tow the aircraft to the parking bay.