SpiceJet In Trouble: SpiceJet had another tough day on Tuesday as the airline’s Delhi-Dubai flight was diverted to Karachi due to a fault in the fuel indicator and Its Kandla-Mumbai flight was landed on priority in the capital of Maharashtra after the windshield cracked in mid-air.
With these two incidents on Tuesday, the total number of incidents of technical snag in SpiceJet aircraft in the last 17 days has gone up to seven. According to officials of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the aviation regulator is probing all the seven incidents.
The plane landed in Karachi due to a disturbance
An unusual decrease in the amount of fuel in the left tank of the plane began to appear when the Boeing 737 MAX plane from Delhi to Dubai was in the air on Tuesday morning, due to which the plane was diverted towards Karachi, officials said. He said that when the check was done at Karachi airport, no leak was found from the left tank.
An official of the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (PCCA) said that the pilot of SpiceJet’s Delhi-Dubai flight, while taking off over Pakistan’s airspace, contacted the control tower and informed that the aircraft had developed some technical snag.
There was a problem with the light indicator
He said that the pilot requested to land the plane in case of emergency, which was given permission on humanitarian grounds. Following this, engineers from Pakistan International Airlines worked with the SpiceJet crew members to find and fix the technical snag, the official said.
“Obviously there was a problem with the aircraft’s light indicator machinery, but it could not be fixed immediately,” he said. So another plane was arranged to take the passengers to Dubai.” Another source at the Karachi airport said there were around 150 passengers on board who were provided with food and refreshments.
Windshield crack at an altitude of 23,000 feet
Later in the day, a mid-air crack occurred in the windshield of SpiceJet’s Q400 aircraft when it was at an altitude of 23,000 feet. After which it was landed at the Mumbai airport on priority basis. DGCA officials said that however, there was no pressure situation in the cabin of this aircraft coming from Kandla in Gujarat.
Reacting to the incident related to the Kandla-Mumbai flight, SpiceJet said, “On July 5, 2022, SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was on SG 3324 (Kandla-Mumbai) flight. When it was at an altitude of 23,000 feet, the windshield on its P2 side had a crack in the outer glass. The pressure was observed to be normal. The plane landed safely in Mumbai.
Two faults surfaced today
At the same time, reacting to the incident related to Delhi-Dubai flight, SpiceJet said, “On July 5, 2022, SpiceJet B737 aircraft flight SG-11 (Delhi-Dubai) diverted towards Karachi due to faulty indicator light. Went. The plane landed safely in Karachi and the passengers were also taken off safely.
It said, “No emergency has been declared and the aircraft landed normally. There is no report of any other malfunction in the aircraft. Refreshments have been provided to the passengers. Another plane is being sent to Karachi which will take the passengers to Dubai.
There was a glitch in the two planes on June 19 as well.
At present, there have been seven incidents of technical snag in SpiceJet planes since June 19. On June 19, just after taking off from Patna for Delhi carrying 185 passengers, the airline’s plane caught fire and had to make an emergency landing. The fault in the engine came from the collision of the bird.
At the same time, on June 19 itself, in another incident, the aircraft going from Delhi to Jabalpur had to return to Delhi due to the problem of pressure in the cabin. Similarly, on 24 and 25 June, due to the activation of the ‘fuselage door warning’ system in different aircraft, the aircraft had to leave the journey midway and return. At the same time, on July 2, the flight going to Jabalpur returned to Delhi when the crew members noticed smoke in the cabin at an altitude of about five thousand feet.
loss making company
It is noteworthy that SpiceJet is running in loss for the last three years. SpiceJet, which provides cheap service, had a loss of Rs 316 crore, 934 crore and Rs 998 crore in 2018-19, 2019-20 and 2020-21 respectively.
The aviation sector is recovering from the Kovid-pandemic and aviation consulting firm CAPA said on June 29 that the losses of Indian airlines may come down from $ 3 billion in 2021-22 to between $ 1.4 to 1.7 billion in 2022-23 .
Significantly, in March 2021, an IndiGo plane coming from Sharjah in UAE to Lucknow also made an emergency landing in Karachi when a passenger complained of chest pain. However, this passenger could not be saved.