SpiceJet flight makes emergency landing after detecting smoke onboard

A SpiceJet flight SG 3735 flying from Goa to Hyderabad made an emergency after smoke was detected in the cockpit and the cabin.

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A SpiceJet flight SG 3735 flying from Goa to Hyderabad made an emergency after smoke was detected in the cockpit and the cabin. The flight landed safely at Hyderabad’s Rajiv Gandhi International Airport.

“SpiceJet Q400 aircraft (registered as VT-SQB) operating from Goa to Hyderabad landed safely at its destination on October 12 after smoke was observed in the cabin during descent. Passengers were safely disembarked,” said a SpiceJet spokesperson.

The flight took off from Goa at 9:55 pm yesterday and was scheduled to land at 11:30 pm and the pilots reported smoke in the cabin and cockpit which threw the passengers into a state of panic.

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A female passenger fell sick due to the smoke and continued to remain under treatment.  Another passenger suffered a minor sprain and was taken to the medical room for treatment and was discharged immediately.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) placed a 50% cap on SpiceJet’s summer flight schedule in response to recent safety concerns that have brought the budget airline under fire. After SpiceJet reported a high number of air safety issues, the aviation authorities placed a cap on SpiceJet flights on July 27 for a duration of eight weeks.

The limitation was prolonged last month by the aviation watchdog by one month, to October 29.

“The review has indicated that there is appreciable reduction in the number of safety incidents. However, as a matter of abundant caution the competent authority has decided that the restriction as imposed in the order dated 27.07.2022 shall continue to be in force till the end of the summer schedule i.e 29.10.2022, in accordance with the powers conferred under rule 19A of the Aircraft Rules, 1937,” said the DGCA order dated September 21.

The DGCA further stated that any increase in departures during this time will be subject to the airline demonstrating to the regulator that it has the necessary financial and technical resources to handle this increased capacity.

“During this period, the airline shall be subject to enhanced surveillance by DGCA,” the order added.