Engine of a SpiceJet plane caught fire right after taking off for Delhi from Patna on Sunday. The SG723 flight, carrying 185 passengers, landed safely.
All passengers were safe.
Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight returned to Patna after a bird hit and one engine shuts in the air, all on-board passengers safe, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.
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Issuing a statement over the incident, SpiceJet said: “On June 19, 2022, SpiceJet B737-800 aircraft was operating SG-723 (Patna-Delhi). On takeoff, during rotation, cockpit crew suspected bird hit on Engine #1”.
“As a precautionary measure and as per SOP, Captain shutdown the affected engine and decided to return to Patna. The aircraft landed safely in Patna and passengers were safely deboarded. Post flight inspection showed bird hit with 3 fan blades damaged,” the statement added.
Patna District Magistrate (DM) Chandrashekhar Singh said that the Delhi-bound flight returned to Patna airport after locals noticed a fire in the aircraft and informed district and airport officials.
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“All 185 passengers safely deboarded. Reason is technical glitch, engineering team analysing further,” the DM added.