The flight took off at 8.15am as per schedule and returned at 9am after the pilot detected a snag on engine number two, a senior official at the airport said.
"As the aircraft was climbing, we heard a sound like that of a cracker burst and a light flashed from the side of a wing. The flight flew around for close to an hour and landed back in Chennai airport," said Jijith Rekh, a passenger.
Though passengers were moved to the terminal, the airline staff did not inform them about the alternate arrangement for continuing the flight. "We were told to come back tomorrow morning. But they have not issued the ticket and have told us to wait," said Indu K, a passenger who is travelling alone.
"My husband dropped me at the airport and boarded a flight to Delhi to attend to some work. I live in Port Blair and have come to Chennai for treatment," she added.
Many passengers from Port Blair picked up an argument with the airline's staff asking them to provide accommodation in the city.
"People from Port Blair come to Chennai for different purposes. As they are on their way back, they may not have enough money to check into a hotel room," said Jijith.
Being a low-cost carrier, the airline is hesitant to provide accommodation for stranded passengers. People from Chennai had cancelled their trip and returned home, an airport official said.