The number of passengers aboard the flight remains unknown.
The Airbus A320’s (VT-BKK) brake fan was working under the minimum equipment list (MEL) — which means it was to be repaired within a certain time frame but was safe to be operated till that happened, states sources. The plane safely returned to the bay for inspection and repairs.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation
An AirAsia India spokesperson stated: “flight I5-1427 operating from Pune to Bengaluru revoked take-off and returned to bay due to a technical reason. AirAsia India regrets the inconvenience to guests caused due to the delay.”
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing this case. The pilots had got a “brake hot ECAM caution” after which they safely aborted takeoff.
According to the website SKYbrary, “electronic centralized aircraft monitor (ECAM) is a system on Airbus aircraft for monitoring and displaying engine and plane system information to the pilots. In the event of a malfunction, it will display the fault and may also display the appropriate steps of the remedial action.” In this case, the warning was about the brake hot on an aircraft operating under MEL for the brake fan.
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This is not the 1st time that an aircraft from the company has made an emergency landing. Earlier, another Air Asia flight from Ranchi to Chennai made an emergency landing at the Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneswar due to medical reasons, authorities told.
A passenger onboard felt uneasy and complained of breathing difficulty following which the flight was diverted to Bhubaneswar, officials said.
Basant Kumar Paswan (40) was taken to the Capital Hospital here for treatment, the official stated, adding, 3 family members also deboarded with him.