SRINAGAR- India’s largest carrier, IndiGo (6E) Airlines Srinagar (SXR) to Jammu (IXJ) flight diverted to Amritsar (ATQ) but after flying in the Pakistani Airspace.
The diversion’s reason is unknown yet, but it could be anything from poor weather to in-flight emergencies. But, strangely, the 6E flight diverted to a longer alternate aerodrome instead of returning back to SXR.
IndiGo Srinagar Jammu Flight Diverted to Amritsar
According to Flight Radar 24, the IndiGo flight 6E2124 took off from Sheikh ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar (SXR) at 3:36 PM, with approx one hour delay.
After takeoff flight made a circle instead of going straight toward Jammu. Subsequently, after 20 minutes, it entered Pakistani Airspace instead of starting its descent for landing at Jammu.
Further, the flight did many holding patterns near ATQ before landing at 4:52 PM local time. In conclusion, this flight showed some very strange behaviors, and we are waiting to get the official statement from IndiGo and DGCA.
The aircraft involved in the incident is Airbus A321neo, registered as VT-IBN. Further, it is a new aircraft, only two months old. The IndiGo took delivery of it back on Jun 2, 2023.
As a result of adverse weather conditions, an IndiGo (6E) Airlines flight traveling from Amritsar to Ahmedabad deviated into Pakistan airspace near Lahore.
It proceeded to Gujranwala before returning to Indian airspace at approximately 8 p.m. on Saturday, as reported by Dawn.
According to flight radar data, the Indian aircraft entered north of Lahore at around 7:30 p.m. with a ground speed of 454 knots, and it reentered India at 8:01 p.m.
According to Dawn’s report, a senior official from the Pakistan Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) mentioned that such deviations were not uncommon during inclement weather and were permitted internationally.
In the meantime, numerous flights experienced diversions and delays. Due to reduced visibility at airports following an alert issued by the CAA.
As per the CAA spokesperson, the weather warning for Lahore was extended until 11:30 PM. According to Dawn’s report, the visibility at Allama Iqbal International Airport is recorded at 5,000 meters on Saturday.
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