Published on : Thursday, June 16, 2016
Mangaluru-bound Jet Airways flight met with an emergency landing at Kempegowda International Airport (KIA) after 15 minutes of takeoff due to spreading of smoke in the plane after fire erupted in one of the engines. The plane was carrying 65 passengers and four crew members but no one was injured and the evacuation took place smoothly by fire-fighting personnels at the airport.
According to passengers, 10 minutes after the plane took off, there was smoke and it increased exponentially. The crew members gave all passengers napkins to cover the face and help breathe. But the smoke was increasing. They saw flames from one of the engines and alerted an airhostess, who in turn alerted the pilot. The pilot switched off that engine and decided to make an emergency landing. The landing was made safely.
Soon after the plane landed, rescuers rushed to the plane and evacuated all passengers to safety. Passengers were asked to run from the plane towards the terminal. Fire-fighting teams rushed to the plane to douse the flames, there were around 15 women and a toddler on board.
Bangalore International Airport Limited (BIAL) said that a full emergency was declared at the airport for priority landing of the aircraft, following which the runway was closed for operations at 10.20 a.m.
The aircraft landed safely and all 65 passengers and four crew members were deplaned. During this period, three arrival flights were held on air and five departure flights on ground. The runways resumed operations at 10.51 a.m.
Jet Airways, in a statement, said that five passengers were taken to the airport medical room for first aid and others shifted to the airport lounge. All checked-in and cabin luggage were handed over to the passengers, who would be accommodated in the next Jet Airways flight to Mangaluru. The ATR aircraft was shifted to the parking bay for inspection by a Jet Airways engineering team. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been informed about the incident, the statement said.