An Airbus A320neo belonging to Vistara flying from Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport to Pune International Airport had to return to Delhi after the aircraft suffered a windshield crack.
Vistara A320neo back to Delhi
Vistara Airbus A320neo registered as VT-TQA was all set to fly from Delhi IGI to Pune. The aircraft took off from Delhi Airport at 06:00 PM and was expected to reach Pune International Airport at 07:50 PM. The takeoff part of the flight was normal. The aircraft first reached 14,000 ft and then climbed to 21,000 ft. While overflying Chirawa-Surajgarh region, the aircraft experienced adverse weather due to which the windshield had a crack. Just after the windshield cracked, the aircraft suffered turbulence for around 45-90 seconds. Pilots decided to return to Delhi Airport. The aircraft started turrning towards Delhi Airport and descended below 10,000 ft. In case of a windshield crack, it is advised that the aircraft should be below 10,000 ft altitude so that the pressure difference is not much.
The aircraft with more than 100 passengers landed safely at Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). The aircraft was grounded for further checks and inspections by the engineering team of the airline. The stranded passengers were carried by an another Airbus A320neo registered as VT-TQK. After 2 hours, VT-TQK took off from Delhi and reached Pune at 11:17 PM.
Is windshield crack dangerous?
The danger of windshield crack depends upon the seriousness of the crack. How large the crack is and how much layers are affected? A cockpit windshield is made up of several layers of composite materials designed to soak extreme pressure. If the crack is on the outer layer only, then the danger is not much.
If inner layer is damaged as well, then the matter can be serious. It is always advised to land at the nearby airport in case of windshield crack. The altitude of the aircraft should be below 10,000 ft as the windshield integrity gets compromised with the crack.
Source Credits : Times of India