The flight AI 054, that was scheduled to takeoff for Kochi from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at 5:30 am, departed for its destination at around 9 am after the airline changed the aircraft, a source said.
An Air India spokesperson confirmed the delay of its Kochi flight from Mumbai due to technical issues.
The aircraft had to be grounded due to technical issues and the replacement (of the aircraft) took some time, which resulted in the flight getting delayed, the spokesperson said, without elaborating on the "technical" problem.
The Airbus 319 plane had started taxiing for the takeoff when the pilot reported some technical problem in the plane and decided abort the take off and return to the bay, the source said.
"The stranded passengers were then taken back to the terminal building and went through the security check-in process all over again to board the replaced aircraft," the source claimed.
The average flying time between Mumbai and Kochi is 1 hour and 42 minutes.