New Delhi: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight with 180 passengers on board on Sunday forcibly turned around and made an emergency landing at Goa airport within 15 minutes of take-off after a technical glitch was detected in the aircraft’s engine. Also Read - Surat-Kolkata IndiGo Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Bhopal
According to reports, the Delhi-Goa flight (6E-336) that was carrying Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral along with a team of officers among the passengers caught fire in its left engine. Also Read - IndiGo Says its Servers Got Hacked, Internal Documents Can Get Uploaded on Public Platforms
The engine fire caused panic among the passengers and everybody started screaming, the minister was quoted by Hindustan Times. However, the pilot handled the situation tactfully and flew the aircraft back on one engine, ensuring everyone’s safety, Cabral said. Also Read - After 'Safety Violation' by Media on Flight With Kangana Onboard, DGCA Seeks Report From IndiGo Airlines
No injuries have been reported so far as the passengers were safely deboarded and given a later flight.
Taking stock of the incident, IndiGo officials gave a statement and said, “We strongly refute the occurrence of any fire in the engine of flight 6E-336 from Goa to Delhi on Sept 29. However, the cause of the incident is not known yet and is currently under investigation.”
More details are awaited.