Three flight incidents were reported from different states on Sunday. A SpiceJet aircraft was forced to make an emergency landing at the Bihta Airforce Station in Patna after the flight’s left wing caught fire. All 185 passengers are reportedly safe. Airport sources said that the flight was a Boeing 727.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has confirmed that a bird hit led to the failure of Engine 1 on the Patna-Delhi SpiceJet aircraft. All 185 passengers were evacuated safely.
During rotation, the cockpit crew suspected a bird hit Engine 1. Since the crew did not observe any abnormality, the aircraft continued to climb further. Once the cabin crew noticed sparks coming out of Engine 1, they informed the Pilot-in-Command, who immediately requested an emergency landing.
In another incident, a Jabalpur-bound SpiceJet flight landed back at the Delhi Airport after it failed to regain the cabin pressure differential even after attaining a height of 6,000 ft on Sunday.
According to a SpiceJet spokesperson, crew onboard Q400 aircraft SG-2962 noticed the cabin pressure differential was not building up along with the rise in cabin altitude on takeoff from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The plane levelled off at 6,000 feet, but the pressurisation was not regained. The pilot in command then decided to return to Delhi, where the plane safely landed, the official added.
In the third incident, a Delhi-bound IndiGo flight (6E 6394) from Guwahati returned to Guwahati airport due to a suspected bird hit after the takeoff. All passengers were accommodated on another flight to Delhi. Aircraft being inspected, ANI reported an Indigo official as saying.