Fuselage door warnings light up on 2 SpiceJet planes; DGCA begins probe

Fuselage door warnings lit up on two separate planes while taking off on Friday and Saturday, forcing the to abandon their journeys and return, said officials of Indian aviation regulator DGCA, which ordered a probe into the incidents.

There have been a total of four incidents — including the aforementioned two — on flights during the last one week. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is investigating all the four incidents, officials stated.

Fuselage is the central body of the aircraft where passengers and crew members sit.

On June 19, an engine on SpiceJet’s Delhi-bound aircraft carrying 185 passengers caught fire soon after taking off from the Patna airport and the plane made an emergency landing minutes later. The engine malfunctioned because of a bird hit.

In another incident on June 19, a flight for Jabalpur had to return to Delhi due to cabin pressurisation issues.

Officials said on Friday (June 24), the fuselage warning light on a SpiceJet Q400 plane illuminated when it was on ‘rotation’ — when pilots pitched the nose of the aircraft up to climb in the air during take off.

The pilots of the Q400 aircraft, which was heading from Guwahati to Kolkata, found that the warning was coming from the baggage door at the rear end of the plane, the officials said.

The Q400 plane was levelled off at 5,000 feet and the pilots decided to return to Guwahati, the officials noted.

An incident similar to the Friday one took place on SpiceJet’s Patna-Guwhati flight on Saturday (June 25).

A SpiceJet Q400 aircraft stopped its take-off roll at the Patna airport on Saturday after the plane’s fuselage door warning light lit up, officials noted.

In this case too, it was found that the warning had come from the baggage door at the rear end of the aircraft, they said.

The Q400 plane returned to the parking bay of the Patna airport after cancelling its take off, officials noted.

Regarding the Friday incident, SpiceJet said that “Q400 aircraft was operating flight SG-4126, sector Guwahati-Kolkata”.

At rotation, fuselage door warning light illuminated and take-off was continued. Subsequently aircraft was levelled off at 5,000 feet and pilot-in-command decided to return back to Guwahati,” it mentioned.

Air turn back was initiated in coordination with ATC (air traffic controller) and aircraft landed safely at Guwahati, it said.

Regarding the Saturday incident, the airline said, “SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was operating flight SG-3724, sector Patna-Guwahati. During takeoff roll, fuselage door warning light illuminated. Subsequently, the take-off was rejected and aircraft returned to bay.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,

Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.

We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

Source link

Comments are closed.