However, the flight was made ready for take-off after thorough checks.
"AI 581, operating on the Mumbai-Calicut sector, came back at 6.25 am after pushback at 6.13 am owing to a technical issue. After engineering checks, the flight is now ready for take-off," the Air India spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that there was a delay of nearly 3 hours.
"A delay of approx 3 hrs. 114 pax on board. Air India accords top priority to safety issues, so thorough checks were carried out before the aircraft was cleared for operations again," the spokesperson said.
(with inputs from ANI)