On an eventful day for the budget airlines, two Indian carriers, SpiceJet flight and Go First faced a technical snag on Tuesday. SpiceJet which has been facing a tough had another forgetful day as it saw two of its flights being forced to land due to a technical snag.
Since June 19, there have been seven incidents involving SpiceJet flights. Fuselage door warnings lit up on two separate flights while taking off on June 24 and June 25, forcing them to abandon their trips and return.
Technical snag (defect) means a condition existing in a flight (including its systems) or aircraft component originating from any cause other than damage, which would preclude it or another aircraft part from performing their intended functions or would decrease the expected service life of the aircraft or the aircraft component.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has regulations and procedures for monitoring snags experienced during aircraft operations. These include analyzing engineering statistical information, advising aircraft operators to take corrective actions if there is any adverse trend, and conducting site checks.
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“On July 5, 2022, M/s SpiceJet B737-8 Max aircraft VT-MXG while working flight SG-011, Delhi – Dubai, the crew observed unusual fuel quantity reduction from the left tank. They took out a relevant non-normal checklist, however fuel quantity kept decreasing. PIC determined to divert the aircraft to Karachi (KHI). Aircraft diverted in coordination with ATC and landed safely at KHI” stated the DGCA report.
Go First Delhi-Patna flight (G8-131)
The Kandla-Mumbai flight of SpiceJet was at 23,000 feet altitude when the windshield’s outer pane cracked. SpiceJet stated, “On 5th July 2022, SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was working SG 3324 (Kandla – Mumbai). During cruise at FL230, P2 side windshield outer pane cracked. Pressurization was observed to be normal. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai.”
Another budget airline Go First had reported a technical snag when its Patna-bound flight from Delhi returned to the national capital after reporting a technical snag. The passengers of the flight were later transferred to another airline and were then brought to Patna.
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