Yesterday, IndiGo Airbus A320neo, which was flying to Mumbai was forced to divert to Ahmedabad due to an issue. The aircraft had an interesting diversion.
IndiGo Mumbai flight diverts to Ahmedabad
An Airbus A320neo operating IndiGo flight 6E 5222 from Rajkot Airport to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport was forced to divert to Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport. Soon after takeoff from Rajkot, the pilots noticed a technical snag in the aircraft. As soon as the aircraft reached an altitude of 9,000 ft, it started turning towards Ahmedabad International Airport. At 15:09 UTC, the aircraft started descending and performed an emergency landing at Ahmedabad Airport at around 15:44 UTC.
All 170 passengers onboard the Airbus A320neo were safe. The airline arranged alternative arrangements for stranded passengers. In this whole incident, the aircraft was flying below 10,000 ft. It can be assumed that the aircraft had some pressurization issues. However, this is not confirmed yet.
About the aircraft
The Airbus A320neo involved in this incident is a 6.4 years old airframe. The aircraft was delivered to IndiGo in September 2017. It was originally destined to Qatar Airways but for some reason, Qatar Airways did not take the delivery of this airframe. Pratt and Whitney engines powers this 180 seater single aisle jet. The current age of this aircraft is 6.4 years. As part of the agreement, IndiGo had to re-deliver the aircraft to lessor after 6 years. But IndiGo has temporarily extended the lease period due to ongoing supply chain crisis and P&W issue. Due to the issue in P&W engines, the airline has more than 40 aircraft grounded. The airline will send 13 engines to Pratt Whitney for inspection purpose. The operations will not be affected as most of this engines will be taken from grounded fleet.
Talking about the diversion, you can see that the aircraft could have returned to Rajkot or could have diverted to Vadodara, Surat or Bhavnagar. But pilots chose to divert to Ahmedabad, completely opposite to the direction of flight. Why?
There are many factors which play roles when it comes to an aircraft diversion. In this case, most probably, the aircraft diverted to Ahmedabad because it is a major airport and has the best services to handle an emergency with respect to other airports. Also, in case of technical issue, Ahmedabad Airport has the best resources to bring the aircraft back to operational status, which lacks in Vadodara, Surat and Bhavnagar Airport.
Fuel may also be one of the factors. By flying to Ahmedabad, the aircraft covered some distance, which helped it to burn more fuel and hence, prevented the aircraft to be overweight during landing. Bad weather conditions may also play an important role.
Source Credits : DeshGujarat