Friday, September 04, 2015

Jet Airways lands at Bengaluru with insufficient fuel

Mumbai: Two weeks after a Jet Airways plane landed at Thiruvananthapuram with insufficient fuel, another Jet Airways aircraft declared fuel emergency on Thursday night during landing at the Bengaluru airport, following its diversion from Chennai.

The ATR aircraft carrying 59 passengers was operating on the Madurai-Chennai route, but was forced to divert to Bengaluru because of runway closure at Chennai. Six other flights bound for Chennai were also diverted to Bengaluru and Hyderabad as a portion of the runway, which had undergone recarpeting recently, peeled off. This resulted in the closure of the runway for about an hour.

"Jet Airways flight 9W 2346 from Madurai to Chennai, with 59 passengers on board had to divert to Bangalore after holding for over 20 minutes on account of runway closure at Chennai. As a result of air traffic congestion over Bangalore, the pilot was advised by ATC (air traffic controller) to follow a landing sequence behind other arriving aircraft. Due to shortage of fuel, the pilot requested for priority landing at Bangalore and subsequently declared emergency as the fuel was approaching the minimum reserve level prescribed by regulatory standards. The flight landed safely at 9.15 pm," said an airline spokesperson.

Last month, a Jet Airways Boeing 737 on the Doha-Kochi route landed at its seventh attempt at Thiruvanthapuram following a diversion. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation had ordered an inquiry into Kochi-Doha flight incident and suspended the two pilots.
04/09/15 Business Standard
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