SpiceJet, which was already under fire from regulators for a spate of flaws, discovered another technical fault, purportedly on a flight to Dubai.
The plane, an eight-year-old Boeing 737 next generation jet, had flown from India to Dubai on Monday and was discovered to have a nose wheel problem after landing.
SpiceJet, on the other hand, has denied any incident or safety scare and blamed the ensuing delay out of Dubai on a last-minute technical glitch.
A last-minute technical issue caused SpiceJet flight SG23, which flew from Dubai to Madurai, to be delayed on July 11, according to the airline.
“A different aircraft has been arranged to fly the route, which will leave Dubai at 6:35 p.m. local time. Any airline may have delays in a flight. On this flight, there have been no incidents or safety concerns.”
The report was not immediately reacted to by India’s aviation ministry.
SpiceJet is under increasing pressure after the DGCA gave the airline three weeks earlier this month to justify why no action should be taken against it following a string of other incidents, including one in which a Boeing 737 Max plane was diverted to Karachi because an indicator light malfunctioned.
According to a poll of more than 21,000 travellers by LocalCircle, the flaws have caused some travellers to steer clear of the cash-strapped airline.
SpiceJet responded to the poll by claiming that its flights are “totally safe” and that the wellbeing of our customers, employees, and aircraft is our first priority.
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