Narrow escape for 154 passengers of IndiGo aircraft, some suffer injuries
NEW DELHI: 154 people on board an IndiGo aircraft had
a narrow escape on Wednesday following a problem in its landing gear that
caused thick smoke to emanate after touching down at the airport here, leaving
some passengers with minor injuries during evacuation.
As the Airbus A-320 aircraft operating flight 6E-176
from Mumbai and carrying 148 passengers and six crew members landed at the IGI
Airport around 1530 hours, the Air Traffic Control observed ‘dense smoke’
coming out of the left-side lower portion and alerted the pilots, airport
The aircraft was moved to the taxiway where all
passengers were evacuated through emergency slide-chutes, an airline spokesperson
said, adding that “some of them suffered minor injuries during evacuation.”
Aviation regulator DGCA and the airline itself have
begun probing the incident, with preliminary information saying the smoke
emanated from the left brake assembly of the aircraft’s landing gear.
This is the second incident involving an IndiGo
aircraft in the recent past. On March 8, an Indigo plane from Delhi with 182 people
on board had caught fire after landing at Kathmandu airport but no one was
hurt. Then too, the fire was spotted on the plane’s right brake assembly.