Technical snag forces SpiceJet flight to return to Mumbai

Published on : Friday, January 11, 2019

A SpiceJet flight from Mumbai en route Dubai returned to the city on Wednesday, shortly after take-off, due to a technical snag in the aircraft.


The flight, SG-13, was delayed by four hours. The glitch was rectified by airline engineers and the plane resumed its journey to Dubai. All passengers are said to be safe.


A statement issued by SpiceJet said, “On January 9, 2019, flight SG-13 returned to Mumbai due to a minor technical issue. The aircraft made a normal landing. Reports of emergency landing are wrong and baseless. After checks, the aircraft continued with its rotation and has landed at Dubai in the normal course of business.”


A senior official of the Director General of Civil Aviation said the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft faced an engine issue and made an emergency landing. When contacted, a SpiceJet spokesperson said the plane landed safely in Varanasi and passengers were deplaned normally.


Flight SG-32 was diverted to Varanasi after the pilots noticed low fuel supply in no. 1 engine, he said. “On inspection, a fuel control valve (a minor component) was found to have malfunctioned and is being replaced,” the spokesperson added.


This isn’t the first time that a Boeing 737 MAX plane has faced such an issue. These aircraft are currently flown by SpiceJet and Jet Airways.


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