Saturday, November 11, 2017

Singapore Airlines flight hits snag, leaves city after 17-hour delay

Chennai: A Singapore Airlines flight (SQ528/529), operating on the Singapore-Chennai-Singapore sector, was delayed on November 7 due to a technical fault. The twin-engine aircraft, an Airbus A330 (9V-STY), landed at Chennai 7 minutes past its scheduled arrival time of 10 p.m.

The flight crew experienced a technical snag shortly before the aircraft was to depart for Singapore (SQ529), at 11.15 p.m. As the snag persisted, the 285-seater plane was grounded and later towed to the cargo area of the airport, around 3 a.m. on November 8.

Confirming the incident on Friday in response to a query by The Hindu , the airline's official spokesperson said: “Flight SQ529 was delayed due to a technical fault. Engineers rectified the issue and the aircraft later departed for Singapore at 17.14 hours (5.14 p.m.) India time on November 8, resulting in a delay of about 17 hours and 59 minutes behind the original scheduled time of departure. The affected passengers were provided alternative travel arrangements and accommodation at hotels.”

The spokesperson added that the fault was related to the engine control system and that there were 158 passengers and 12 crew on board. The airline operated the November 8 flight according to schedule.
11/11/17 Murali/N. Krishnasawmy/The Hindu