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Air India ferry flight picks up stranded passengers in Russia and heads for US

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An Air India ferry flight that took off from Mumbai has picked up all the stranded Indian passengers in Russia and headed onwards to San Francisco today.

Air India said in a statement on Thursday that it has mobilised additional on-ground support at the destination to carry out the smooth clearance formalities for all passengers upon arrival.

“The team at SFO (San Francisco) is prepared to provide all necessary assistance to the passengers, including but not limited to medical care, ground transportation, and onward connections in applicable cases,” the airline said on Thursday morning.

Air India flight AI173 operating from Delhi to San Francisco developed a technical snag with one of its engines. The flight with 216 passengers and 16 crew members was then diverted to Magadan airport in Russia on Tuesday.

The passengers were housed in a school and a college building for the night in the remote city as part of the arrangements made by the Russian authorities, according to media reports.