GoAir flight
Representational image: A flight was called back from the runway at the Delhi airport on Wednesday, 3 January 2016, after a hoax call about weapons on the plane.Reuters

A Mumbai-bound GoAir flight made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi 40 minutes after its take-off on Saturday, due to a fire warning that was raised on the plane.

A technical snag developed midway, after the flight departed from IGI airport at 8 am. The Mumbai-bound Airbus A-320 returned to IGI with 100 passengers on board, which included former Army Chief General Vijay Kumar Singh.

"On way to Mumbai litfest where my book will be launched at 1630 today," the general had posted on his official Twitter account on Saturday morning. Kunal Verma, co-author of his autobiography 'Courage and Conviction' was also travelling with him on the same flight for the Mumbai Literary Festival.

The former army chief will still be able to make it to the literary fest, as upon landing back at the Delhi airport, the passengers were shifted to another airplane. The plane reached Mumbai but was delayed by more than an hour.

 GoAir, owned by Wadia Group, recently announced a ₹888 discount on all its tickets to promote the company as part of its eight anniversary.

"As part of the eighth anniversary, we are offering a discount up to ₹888 on fares for all bookings for the next eight days, which will be valid for travel until December 20," the airline had said in a statement.

The airline was launched in November 2005 and claims to operate more than 840 flights a week from 21 cities.

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