Panaji: A major air tragedy was averted after a Delhi-bound flight with nearly 200 people on board made an emergency landing at Goa’s airport in the early hours of Sunday. The pilot’s quick thinking helped avert a major disaster with nearly 200 passengers including the crew members escape the disaster. The pilot on board detected engine failure, following which the aircraft was forced to turnaround to Goa’s Dabolim airport.
Goa’s state Environment minister Nilesh Cabral was also on board at the time of the incident. The engine had caught fire minutes after take off at around 1 am. The pilot immediately shut off the left engine and flew the plane to Goa.
On the other hand, the Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the licenses of two SpiceJet pilots for four months each over the June 13 flight from Hyderabad to Jaipur, which suffered cabin pressurization failure.
The civil aviation watchdog said that one of the pilots – Captain Sunil Meta had forgotten to put the bleed switch on during cockpit preparation, departure briefing and after takeoff checklist which resulted in pressurization failure during the climb.