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Airlines report 5 incidents of glitches in a day

The Times of India logo The Times of India 07-07-2022 Saurabh Sinha
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NEW DELHI: Tuesday (July 5) was a particularly bad day for Indian carriers, with at least five incidents known so far. While three of the known incidents were on SpiceJet, Vistara saw one and IndiGo had a suspected snag.

A SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX flying from Delhi to Dubai had to be diverted to Karachi due to a suspected fuel system snag. Another SpiceJet B737, a freighter flying from Kolkata to Chongqing, China, had to return to origin soon after take-off because "weather radar was not showing the weather". And a SpiceJet Q400 flying from Kandla to Mumbai made a priority landing at the destination after its windshield outer pane cracked. All three landed safely.

A Vistara Airbus A320 (VT-TNJ) had to be towed to the terminal after landing safely at Delhi airport from Bangkok as UK-122 on Tuesday. "The flight was uneventful and landed on runway 10 at IGI Airport. Post runway vacation, engine number 1 was shut down for single-engine taxi. During single-engine taxi at the end of taxiway K, engine number 1 failed. ATC was informed and a tow truck was requested," a senior official said. Subsequently, the aircraft was towed to the parking bay.

A Vistara spokesperson said: "After landing in Delhi while taxiing to the parking bay, our flight had a minor electrical malfunction. Keeping passenger safety and comfort in mind the crew elected to tow the aircraft to the bay."

And there was smoke in the cabin of an IndiGo Airbus A320neo (VT-IJY) afetr landing and during taxi at Indore. However, the airline denied there was smoke in the cabin and said it was "just mist due to humidity". The DGCA is probing all these incidents.

"On an average about 30 incidents take place (daily), which includes go-arounds, missed approaches, diversions, medical emergencies, weather, among others. Most of them have no safety implications," said a DGCA official.

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