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Goa-Hyderabad SpiceJet flight makes emergency landing after pilot detects smoke in the cockpit

A SpiceJet aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad as smoke was found inside the cockpit.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Hyderabad: In yet another incident, A SpiceJet aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad as smoke was found inside the cockpit.

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According to reports, the SG 3735 aircraft was taking off from Goa to Hyderabad when the pilot of the aircraft noticed smoke in the cockpit minutes before landing at the Hyderabad airport.

The plane reportedly took off from Goa airport at 9.55 pm on Wednesday and was scheduled to land at Hyderabad airport at 11.30 pm. At the same time, the pilot noticed smoke and alerted the Air Traffic Controller (ATC), who then alerted the ground staff.

“The plane made a safe landing on Wednesday night and all 86 passengers on board are safe,” airport sources.

It is being told that due to this incident, there was panic among the passengers and one passenger also fell ill due to smoke in the cabin. Due to the emergency landing, many flights had to be diverted to other cities. Six domestic flights, two international flights and one cargo flight had to be diverted due to the emergency landing of SpiceJet aircraft.

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The incident comes even as SpiceJet has been facing intense scrutiny over several security-related issues in recent months. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) was forced to step in and implement a 50% limit on the summer schedule of budget airlines’ flights.

The aviation regulator on July 27 banned SpiceJet flights for a period of eight weeks after the airline reported frequent air safety incidents.

Recently, the DGCA extended the operational capacity limit of SpiceJet till October 29. In the order, the DGCA observed that the review of the safety performance of SpiceJet has been elaborated upon. It said the review showed a significant reduction in the number of security incidents, however, as an extreme precaution, the restrictions imposed would remain in force until the end of the summer program on October 29.

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