Today, an IndiGo Airbus A320 was involved in an emergency landing. Before you start pointing fingers at Pratt & Whitney, let me tell you that it is a IAE engines powered aircraft.
Emergency Onboard IndiGo Delhi – Patna Flight
On 3 January 2024, IndiGo Airlines Airbus A320ceo registered as VT-IFN was flying from Patna Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport. The aircraft was scheduled to depart at 12:00 PM local time. It was expected to arrive at Delhi Airport at 01:50 PM.
First of all, the flight got delayed. It was delayed by about an hour because of delay in incoming aircraft. Remember that operations at Patna Airport has been disrupted in past few days because of dense fog surrounding the airport. Hence, delays are common.
The aircraft departed Patna Airport with a delay of 58 minutes. At 12:58 hrs, it was airborne. After takeoff, the aircraft was given a safe altitude to climb to. However, as the aircraft was about to overfly Maner, the pilots received a warning regarding a technical issue in one of the aircraft engines.
Pilots immediately requested the ATC tower to give the aircraft priority to land at the airport. Emergency was declared. At an altitude of 3,900 ft, the jet made a U-turn towards Patna Airport. After being airborne for 40 minutes, the aircraft landed back at Patna Airport. The aircraft with 187 passengers landed safely at Patna Airport. After inspection, airline officials said that the aircraft developed a hydraulic issue.
The airline gave passengers choice for other options. On the basis of available seats, many passengers were rescheduled to fly to Delhi in the next flight. State Minister of Water Resources was also on the flight. However, he later cancelled his trip.
About the Aircraft
The aircraft involved in this incident is an Airbus A320-200ceo jet belonging to IndiGo. It bears VT-IFN as its registration. With Manufacturer Serial Number 5577, the aircraft conducted first test flight on 22 April, 2013. It was manufactured at Hamburg facility of Airbus. On 14th May, 2013, it was ferried to India for delivery to IndiGo. Since then, it is operating with IndiGo. The aircraft is powered by 2 IAE V2527 engines. It has a configuration of 180 seats in all Economy configuration.
Due to this emergency landing incident, the aircraft has been grounded at Patna Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport. It was scheduled to operate a return flight back from Delhi to Patna. The flight has been cancelled.
Fog Causes Operational Disruption
Currently, dense fog has created chaos at airports across India. In case of Patna Airport as well, various flights have been cancelled. On 3rd January, IndiGo had to cancel the flight because of the same reason. The airline has already issued an advisory suggesting that operations at Varanasi, Allahabad, Patna and Bhopal have been impacted. The airline requested all passengers to check their flight status before travelling.
Those airports, which majorly relies on Visual Flight Rules (VFR) operations are even more impacted. Flights between Ludhiana and Ghaziabad are flying with uncertainity. Alliance Air has already called off the Rourkela to Bhubaneswar route because of dense fog at Rourkela Airport.
Government said that it is actively in talks with airport operators and airlines to minimize the passenger inconvenience. In every year, there is a period of 15-20 days, in which operational disruption is caused by the winter season. It is nature and we can not do anything about it. The government is trying every possible thing which is in its control. For example, it is making sure that airlines deploy only those pilots trained on CAT-II and CAT-III landing procedures on routes affected by foggy conditions. This will help in easing the congestion at airports.
Earlier, Delhi International Airport Limited put an allegation against airlines that they are not deploying trained crew to land in these conditions. On the other hand, airlines blamed Delhi Airport operator to have only runway capable of handling CAT-III landing. There are two runways at Delhi Airport, capable of handling CAT-III landing. The other runway is currently undergoing recarpeting work. Hence, it is closed.
Source : LiveMint