Budget airline SpiceJet, on 25th December was involved in a tragic incident when a woman onboard the airline’s Darbhanga to Mumbai flight died onboard. The aircraft was diverted from its original routepath but it was too late for the lady.
Death onboard SpiceJet Darbhanga to Mumbai flight
On 25th December, SpiceJet flight SG 116 was involved in an emergency landing. The Boeing 737 was flying from Darbhanga Airport in Bihar to Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport in Maharashtra. The aircraft departed from Darbhanga Airport at 05:40 PM.
As soon as it flew into the vicinity of Uttar Pradesh airspace, health condition of a 85-year old woman started to deteriorate. The 85 years old woman named Kalawati Devi started to feel uneasy. As a result, the cabin crew crew was informed who alerted the Pilot In-Command (PIC).
The Captain onboard requested the Varanasi Air Traffic Control (ATC) Tower for an emergency landing. He requested that the aircraft should be given priority for medical emergency landing. Varanasi ATC without a second thought approved the pilot’s request and allowed an emergency landing.
The aircraft made an emergency landing at Varanasi Lal Bahadur Shastri International Airport at around 06:00 PM. The lady patient was rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, the doctors declared her brought dead. After completing all the formalities, the aircraft continued its journey. It departed from Varanasi Airport at 07:30 PM in evening hours.
No airline wants such incidents to happen onboard their aircraft but it is nature’s call, who can stop it? The airline and Navigation controllers gave their best to stop this unhappening but were unable to succeed.
About the Aircraft
The aircraft involved in this incident is very famous. Continue to read and you will know, why?
The Boeing 737-800 involved in this incident is a 16.1 years old aircraft registered as VT-SLM. It has Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 35063. The airline has named this aircraft as Paprika. SpiceJet names all its aircraft behind names of Spices. It features 189 Economy class seats.
Between October to December 2021, the aircraft was bearing ‘100 crore (1 Billion) COVID-19 Vaccines in India’ applauding the efforts of Indian Government during the pandemic.
Recently, it was involved in a seizure incident. In November, the aircraft was operating between Ahmedabad and Dubai International Airport. Before this arrival, an engine lessor obtained an order from Dubai Court allowing it to seize the aircraft in Dubai. The flight between Ahmedabad and Dubai was instructed to divert to Dubai World Central (DWC) International Airport. After deboarding, the asset was seized. However, the airline secured a stay on this order and the aircraft returned to India on 8th December, 2023.
Soon after this, it resumed services on next day i.e. 9th December.
Source : India Today