SpiceJet aircraft to Delhi caught fire midflight, made an emergency landing at Patna
A Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft carrying 185 passengers catches fire soon after its take off from Patna airport on Sunday afternoon. The officials have stated that the SpiceJet aircraft’s left engine catches fire soon after it hit a bird. The aircraft made an immediate emergency landing on the runaway of Patna airport. Several videos shot by the locals on the ground show a sharp spark coming out of the left engine.
According to the reports the aircraft took off at around 12:10 pm and the pilot deployed an emergency landing soon after it catches fire. The pilot’s instinctual decision has saved the passengers from a fatal accident. All passengers are reported to be evacuated safely without any further injury.
SpiceJet’s officials said in a statement, “On June 19. SpiceJet B737-800 aircraft was operating SG-723 (Patna-Delhi). On take-off, during rotation, the cockpit crew suspected a bird hit on Engine. as a precautionary measure and as per SOP, Captain shutdown the affected engine and decided to return to Patna.”
Captain Arora has further stated that every year some of these accidents take place all over the world. So, it can not be categorized as a “freak accident.” He also praises the pilot’s quick decision to handle the situation in an apt manner.
According to the sources, the director of the Patna airport has expressed his concern regarding the incident and said, “None of the passengers have been hurt. Their journey to Delhi is being arranged by an alternative aircraft. What causes the fire is a matter of investigation.”