IndiGo flight makes emergency landing at Kolkata airport after smoke warning in cargo

An IndiGo flight from Delhi made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport following a smoke warning in the cargo.

The plane landed at the Kolkata airport. (File photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • An IndiGo flight from Delhi made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport on Sunday
  • The pilots asked for a priority landing following a smoke warning
  • After inspection, it was found that the alarm was false

An IndiGo flight from Delhi made an emergency landing at Kolkata airport on Sunday afternoon following a smoke warning in the cargo.

The plane with 165 passengers onboard landed safely at the Kolkata airport.

Pilots of the flight declared ‘May Day’ and asked the Kolkata Air Traffic Control (ATC) for a priority landing after the warning. The ATC alerted the airport fire brigade for a safe landing. After inspection, it was found that the alarm was false.

The plane flew to Varanasi later in the afternoon.

‘SAFETY IS PARAMOUNT’

Recently, Civil Aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said the safety and security of flyers are paramount. The statement came in the backdrop of a number of incidents of glitches and mishaps hampering airlines.

In an interview with India Today, Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “This is an industry and a sector where reporting is not 99 per cent, it’s 100 per cent. Every occurrence gets reported. There are always cases of some occurrences which are under an airline’s control, and some that are not. But for me, safety is paramount.”

In July, aviation regulator DGCA ordered SpiceJet to operate maximum 50 per cent of its flights, which were approved for the summer schedule, for a period of eight weeks. This came following several incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft.

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