Engine of Delhi-bound SpiceJet plane catches fire in flight and makes emergency landing at Patna airport

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Patna: A SpiceJet airliner caught fire in midair and made an emergency landing at Patna airport in Bihar, airport authorities said on Sunday.
The SpiceJet flight to Delhi took off from Patna airport but soon had to make an emergency landing at the airport after its engine caught fire in flight.

According to ANI, a technical problem in the plane caused the fire. The plane landed safely and all passengers are safe.

However, the DGCA confirmed the flight returned to Patna after a bird was hit and an engine quit mid-air.

The SpiceJet spokesperson said: “The flight deck crew of the Patna-Delhi SpiceJet flight after takeoff during rotation suspected that a bird had struck engine #1. As a precaution, the captain aircraft shut down affected engine and returned to Patna. Post-flight inspection shows affected bird with 3 damaged fan blades.”

Patna airport manager said another flight was being organized by SpiceJet airlines and the incident is under investigation.

Speaking to the media, Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh said: “The flight to Delhi had returned to Patna airport after locals noticed a fire on the plane and notified district and government officials. airport.”

Spice Jet Flight
Spice Jet Flight

“The 185 passengers were safely disembarked. The reason is a technical issue, the engineering team is analyzing further,” he added.

Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi took to her Twitter account after the report was published and said it was playing with passengers’ lives.

“I have raised this issue many times with the minister, with the aviation secretary. I don’t know when they will rise to the occasion and avert a major accident waiting to happen,” he said. tweeted Chaturvedi.

The airline SpiceJet has been the subject of numerous security incidents. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) last month fined the air carrier Rs 10 lakh for training pilots of its Boeing 737 Max on a faulty simulator as it could have harmed flight safety .

In April, the DGCA banned 90 SpiceJet pilots from using the Max aircraft after finding them poorly trained.

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