Chennai: A Durgapur-bound SpiceJet flight SG-331 had to return to base after facing engine issues late Tuesday night. The SpiceJet Boeing B737-8 Max aircraft VT-MXA was on its way to Durgapur from Chennai when it faced a technical glitch and had to return to base. This incident comes just within a week after another Durgapur-bound Spicejet flight faced severe turbulence leaving many passengers injured.
Following the turbulence incident, India’s aviation regulator DGCA announced that it is carrying out an inspection of the entire SpiceJet aircraft fleet after its Mumbai-Durgapur plane ran into major turbulence leading to injuries to 17 people, two of whom were in ICU. The aircraft involved in the incident on Sunday is grounded in Kolkata, the DGCA said. The rest of the SpiceJet aircraft fleet is in operation.
On Sunday, the Mumbai-Durgapur flight encountered a severe turbulence during its descent phase, injuring 14 passengers and three cabin crew members, the DGCA said in a statement. Two of the injured passengers — one with head injury and another with spinal injury — are in intensive care unit (ICU) right now, it mentioned.
Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “The turbulence encountered by a flight while landing in Durgapur, and the damage caused to the passengers is unfortunate. The DGCA has deputed a team to investigate the incident.”