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Emergency Landing for Delhi-bound IndiGo Flight as Engine Catches Fire, Goa Minister Among Passengers

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The IndiGo flight made an emergency landing at Goa's Dabolim airport after a fire erupted in the aircraft's left engine. Goa Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral was among the passengers on board.

New Delhi: A Delhi-bound IndiGo flight with 180 passengers on board made an emergency landing at Goa's Dabolim airport in the wee hours of Sunday after the aircraft's engine caught fire. According to reports, the flight's left engine caught fire causing panic aboard the flight.

Among the passengers on board were the state's Environment Minister Nilesh Cabral, Agriculture Director and Officer on Special Duty (OSD) to Environment minister.

Cabral was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying that passengers started screaming when the saw the engine ablaze but the pilot handled the situation well. He is said to have been headed for Delhi to attend a meeting when the incident occurred.

There have been no reports of injuries so far. IndiGo, however, refuted to the occurrence in the engine of the flight. "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," the airline said in a statement.

first published:September 30, 2019, 08:52 IST