A SpiceJet plane makes an emergency landing in Hyderabad after smoke was detected in the cabin; DGCA orders probe

A SpiceJet plane made an emergency landing at Hyderabad airport on Wednesday night after smoke was detected in the cabin. The flight from Goa landed safely and passengers disembarked through an emergency exit. A passenger suffered minor scratches to his feet while disembarking from the plane, an official told the news agency. PTI. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced an investigation into the incident.

In a statement, a SpiceJet spokesperson said: “A SpiceJet Q400 aircraft operating from Goa to Hyderabad landed safely at its destination on October 12 after smoke was observed in the cabin during descent. The passengers were safely disembarked.

A Hyderabad airport official said PTI there were 86 passengers on board the plane and up to nine flights were diverted on Wednesday evening after the incident around 11 p.m.

SpiceJet, which has experienced at least six security incidents this year, is already under heightened surveillance by the DGCA. The regulator had also ordered the airline to operate only 50% of its total flights until October 29.

In a similar incident in July, a flight bound for Jabalpur operated by the low-cost carrier made an emergency landing in Delhi.

On June 19, two SpiceJet incidents were reported – one involving a downed bird on a Patna-Delhi flight operated by Boeing 737, in which the pilots returned safely to Patna after an engine shut down; and the other involving a Bombardier Q400 Dash 8 aircraft from Delhi to Jabalpur which had to make an emergency landing in Delhi after cabin pressure failed to build up due to the aircraft’s altitude gain.

Following these incidents, the DGCA issued a show cause notice to SpiceJet. The aviation safety regulator, in its advisory, said after reviewing various incidents, it was found that ‘poor internal safety oversight’ and ‘inadequate maintenance actions’ had led to the deterioration of margins of security.

Following this, SpiceJet CMD Ajay Singh said the airline would be “doubly careful” and step up the inspection of planes before they depart for flights.

(With PTI inputs)

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