Saturday, November 14, 2020

Pressure snag: Flight for Mumbai returns to Delhi

Mumbai: A SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Mumbai had a cabin pressurisation problem, forcing the pilots to divert and land back in Delhi on Sunday morning.

The Boeing 737 aircraft operating flight SG-789 touched down safely in Delhi around 8.55am, about half an hour after it took off for Mumbai. "The aircraft was climbing out after take off when the cabin altitude warning went off," said a source. According to flightradar24 data, the aircraft crossed 14,800ft, after which it descended to 10,000ft.

"The switch that maintains cabin pressure in the aircraft was apparently not selected. It was left in the off position. Without a functioning aircraft pressurisation system, the pressure and oxygen level inside aircraft cabin would have dropped as it climbed to higher altitudes and the warning went off," a source said. The pilots radioed the Delhi air traffic control and turned the aircraft. A SpiceJet spokesperson said no oxygen masks were deployed and no discomfort was reported by any passenger or cabin crew member.

14/11/20 Manju V/Times of India

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