Thursday, January 03, 2019

Pilot suspected smoke on Delhi-Ahmedabad flight but it was 'unusual smell'

New Delhi: IndiGo's Delhi-Ahmedabad flight on New Year's day (January 1) made a safe priority emergency landing at its destination after the pilot suspected smoke in the Airbus A320 enroute.

"However, what pilot had initially suspected of smoke later turned out to be an unusual smell. There was no presence of smoke in the cabin or cockpit," IndiGo said in a statement on Thursday afternoon.

On December 10, 2018, an IndiGo A320 Neo had made an emergency landing in Kolkata after a similar incident of smoke in the aircraft.

In Tuesday's episode, the pilots of 6E-6373 issued a "Pan Pan" emergency call while approaching Ahmedabad after susoesting smoke in A320 (VT-INY, not a Neo). The plane landed safely in Ahmedabad after getting a priority approach.

An IndiGo spokesperson said: "An IndiGo flight 6E 6373 operating Delhi-Ahmedabad route on January 1 made a priority landing at Ahmedabad. Inflight the crew noticed an unusual smell.There was no operational impact. On ground it was noted that it was a minor technical glitch which was rectified before the next flight."

While according to IndiGo the latest scare was a "minor technical glitch", the December 10 smoke on its Neo was due to yet another snag in the Pratt & Whitney (PW) engines powering IndiGo and GoAir A320 Neos.

PW has informed the DGCA it is modifying some engines of the Neo by lowering temperature of the combustion chamber by 40 degrees Celsius. “It was possibly the first case of this kind,” DGCA chief B S Bhullar had said about the December 10 incident.
03/01/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India