Sunday, August 29, 2021

Grounded IndiGo flight leaves airport

Patna: The grounded aircraft of IndiGo (6E-732), which had suffered a bird hit minutes after taking off from Jayaprakash Narayan International Airport here on Friday, was cleared for the operation on Saturday after the replacement of damaged blades of one of the engines. The flight left for New Delhi without any passenger at 3pm, airport sources said.

Around 120 passengers on board the IndiGo flight had a narrow escape when it suffered a bird hit around 11.15am on Friday. The plane shuddered after the bird hit and the pilot made an emergency landing at Patna airport at 11.30am. The plane was at an altitude of 900 feet at the time when the accident occurred.

After landing, the passengers de-boarded the flight and were later accommodated on another two aircraft. During an inspection carried out by the technical team of the airlines, it was revealed that few engine blades had been damaged after the bird strike.

Though bird hits were common at the city airport earlier, such incidents had come down in recent years. It was probably second such incident this year after Bengaluru-bound Vistara flight which had suffered a bird hit during landing at the city airport last January.

29/08/21 Times of India

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