The cabin crew and passengers on a Spicejet flight from Delhi to Jabalpur had to turn around and return to Delhi when they saw smoke coming from the plane. The incident took place at a height of 5,000 feet. According to the report, the aircraft made a safe return to the airport, where the passengers got off the aircraft without injuries.
ANI posted a video of the incident; it shows the smoke filling the cabin and passengers fanning themselves with paper, probably to aid in breathing. This is not the first time that a Spicejet airliner has experienced issues that have raised attention. Recently, an airliner had to make an emergency landing after one of its planes caught fire mid-flight after a bird hit. There have been numerous instances like this.
"The Delhi-bound flight had returned to Patna airport after locals noticed a fire in the aircraft and informed district and airport officials. All 185 passengers were safely deboarded. The reason is a technical glitch, engineering team analyzing further," said Chandrashekhar Singh, Patna District Magistrate told media persons.
A SpiceJet plane with Guwahati as its destination had to abort takeoff on June 25 at Patna's Jay Prakash Narayan international airport due to certain mechanical issues. After multiple instances of aeroplanes having to make emergency landings, this happened. Bunty Chaudhary, a former member of the Bihar legislature, shared a video of the flight on social media.
It should be emphasised that despite DGCA's warnings, these events involving various airlines are becoming more frequent. One similar occurrence of a birdstrike also involved another airline, Indigo.