Scares in the air: 9 incidents since July 5 raise aircraft safety concerns

Scares in the air: 9 incidents since July 5 raise aircraft safety concerns

Patna: Passengers land safely after a Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft wing catches fire and makes an emergency landing at Bihta Airforce station in Patna on Sunday, June 19, 2022. (Photo: IANS)

New Delhi, July 23 (IANS) Indian carriers are going through a highly-turbulent phase on account of several glitches in the recent times. Between July 5 and July 21, there have been as many as nine incidents which raised scares in the air. IANS lists the incidents which have raised concerns among the fliers about the safety of air travel. July 21: In an incident of technical malfunctioning, an Air India Dubai-Cochin flight was diverted to Mumbai where it landed safely after the captain reported pressurisation loss. The incident was reported in the Boeing 787 flight No. AI- 934. The DGCA intervened and the flight was grounded and the flight crew was off rostered. July 20: A Go First flight heading from Delhi to Guwahati was diverted to Jaipur after the A320neo plane's windshield cracked mid-air. It was the third incident of technical glitch on a Go First aircraft in two days. July 19: In two separate cases, Go First flights were diverted to Delhi and Srinagar due to technical glitches in the engines. Go First A320 aircraft VT-WGA flight No. G8-386 from Mumbai to Leh was diverted to Delhi, while its A320 aircraft VT-WJG flight No. G8-6202 from Srinagar to Delhi was turned back to Srinagar due to EGT over-limit in the engine. The first plane was diverted to Delhi due to an EIU (Engine Interface Unit) fault in engine No. 2. July 17: An IndiGo flight from Sharjah to Hyderabad was diverted to Karachi after a technical snag was detected in the aircraft. The IndiGo flight No. 6E-1406, operating from Sharjah to Hyderabad, was diverted to Karachi after the pilot observed a technical defect. Necessary procedures were followed and as a precaution, the aircraft was diverted to Karachi. July 16: An Air India Express aircraft from Calicut to Dubai was diverted to Muscat after a burning smell was observed from one of the vents in the forward galley of the flight. A senior DGCA official confirmed that the Air India Express B737-800 aircraft VT-AXX operating flight IX-355 (Calicut-Dubai) was diverted to Muscat, as during the cruise, a burning smell came from one of the vents in the forward galley. July 15: A bird was found in the cockpit of Air India Express' Bahrain-Kochi flight. The bird was found in the glove compartment on the co-pilot's side when the plane was at an altitude of 37,000 feet. The plane landed safely in Kochi. Officials said that prima facie, it looked like there was a ground handling lapse at a foreign station. July 14: IndiGo's Delhi-Vadodara flight was diverted to Jaipur out of precaution as vibrations were observed in the engines of the aircraft. July 5: A SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Dubai was diverted to Karachi after an indicator light of the airplane malfunctioned. The Boeing 737 Max aircraft that was heading from Delhi to Dubai started showing unusual fuel quantity reduction from its left tank when it was mid-air. Following this, the plane was diverted to Karachi.

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