An IndiGo Airlines Airbus A321neo bound to Ranchi returned to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport after pilots noticed a technical snag.
IndiGo aircraft returns to Delhi
An IndiGo Airlines aircraft registered as VT-IUB was operating IndiGo flight 6E2172 from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport to Ranchi Birsa Munda Airport. Ranchi is situated in the Indian state of Jharkhand.
At 02:19 AM (UTC), the Airbus A321neo took off from Delhi Airport. Soon after takeoff, the pilot noticed that the aircraft is vibrating. Vibration onboard an aircraft is generally caused by an imbalance of aerodynamics. When a part of the aircraft produces extra drag, it may result in vibrations. In such scenarios, to make sure that the situation does not turn to worse, every pilot would try to make a precautionary landing. And the same happened here as well.
Just after takeoff, the aircraft climbed to 10,000 ft. Within 6 minutes of departure, it had reached at 10,000 ft. At 02:28 AM (UTC), the aircraft after informing the Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC) started turning maneuver. Soon afterwards, it started to descend and landed safely at Delhi Airport at 02:47 AM (UTC), around 30 minutes after takeoff. The crew ferried the aircraft to the bay and facilitated the deboarding of passengers. Airline has declared the aircraft grounded for additional checks and inspections.
IndiGo airlines has a fleet of more than 300 aircraft. Add to that, this incident happened at Delhi Airport and hence, it took no time for the airline to arrange an alternative aircraft for the passengers. The airline within an hour arranged an Airbus A320neo registered as VT-IZX to carry the stranded passengers from Delhi to Ranchi.
Lets have a quick look at the aircraft involved in this incident. This Airbus A321neo registered as VT-IUB has Manufacturer Serial Number assigned as MSN 8587. The aircraft flew for the first time on 6 February 2019 and was delivered to IndiGo on 29 April 2019. This particular airframe is leased from GOAL Leasing. At present, the aircraft’s age is 4.5 years, and Pratt & Whitney PW1100 series engines powers it.