The Air India, Kabul-Delhi flight that flew to Kabul at 12:43 pm on Sunday, left the war-torn country. It will reach India around 7:15 pm with 140 passengers on board.
After completing the security and boarding processes, the last Kabul-Delhi Air India flight AI-244 — which landed in the war-torn country on Sunday to evacuate stranded Indians — has left Kabul and it is on the way back. The flight is likely to land in Delhi around 7:15 pm.
While the flight to Kabul had 40 passengers on board, it is expected to fly back to Delhi with at least 140 passengers.
According to a report in The Times of India, the aircraft apparently had to hover for some time before it could get clearance to land. An Emirate flight, too, was hovering at 28,000 feet, awaiting clearance to land.
Sources mentioned that there was an aircraft disabled on the runway, which caused the delay in landing.
“The Air India flight has landed safely,” said a senior government official.
The Air India flight to Kabul was being operated under the air bubble with Afghanistan, sources added.