Patna-Delhi SpiceJet flight lands immediately after reports of fire in plane


A Patna-Delhi SpiceJet flight was landed immediately after take-off on Sunday as a fire was reported at the plane. The landing has been safe, reports said. According to reports, the engine of the plane caught fire soon after the plane take off from Patna. The reason for the fire is not yet known. Over 180 passengers were on board and there has been no report of any injury. Patna DM Chandrashekhar Singh said, “The Delhi-bound flight had returned to Patna airport after locals noticed a fire in the aircraft and informed district and airport officials. All 185 passengers were safely deboarded. Reason for the fire is a technical glitch. The engineering team is analysing,” Singh said. Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi took to Twitter immediately after the report came and said this is playing with the lives of passengers. “Repeatedly been raising this with the minister, with the aviation secretary. Don’t know when they will rise to the occasion and avoid a major mishap waiting to happen,” Chaturvedi tweeted. The airline, of late, has been at the centre of many security-related incidents. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation last month imposed a fine of ₹10 lakh on SpiceJet for training its Boeing 737 Max aircraft's pilots on a faulty simulator as it could have adversely impacted flight safety.

In April, the DGCA had barred 90 SpiceJet pilots from operating the Max aircraft after finding them not properly trained.

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