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Mumbai-Guwahati IndiGo flight reports ‘Engine Stall Warning’ as passing jet aircraft creates ‘wake-turbulence’

Know what happened in Indigo flight 6E-6812 going from Guwahati to Mumbai at an altitude of 36000 feet. How it creates wake turbulence.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: An unusual incident happened in Indigo flight 6E-6812 which was going from Guwahati to Mumbai on Monday in Airbus A32. When the aircraft was flying at an altitude of 36000 feet, the first engine of the aircraft gave a stall warning signal. According to aviation experts, this was a rare and dangerous situation. In which the aircraft has to face wake turbulence. However, the good thing was that the signal disappeared after just a few seconds and the aircraft engine started behaving normally.

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“IndiGo flight 6E-6812 witnessed an engine 1 stall warning signal for a moment due to a bigger jet of Boeing 777 aircraft passing in the opposite direction of IndiGo’s A320 aircraft which creates ‘Wake Turbulence’ mid-air,” an official told news agency ANI. Soon after witnessing wake turbulence by emirates Boeing’s (B-777) big plane, the IndiGo’s aircraft was cruising generally to its destination without any difficulty.

Airline company IndiGo has informed the Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulatory body, about the incident and said that there was no damage to the aircraft and passengers. IndiGo flight 6E-6812 gave a momentary stall warning signal to the first engine due to a large jet of Boeing 777 aircraft passing in the opposite direction of the aircraft, an official said. After which the situation of ‘Wake Turbulence’ was created.

According to the Federation Aviation Administration (FAA), America’s largest transportation agency, it is clearly mentioned that sometimes wake turbulence can be disastrous.

“Wake turbulence can impose rolling moments exceeding the roll-control authority of encountering aircraft, causing possible injury to occupants and damage to aircraft. Pilots should always be aware of the possibility of a wake turbulence encounter when flying through the wake of another aircraft, and adjust the flight path accordingly,” Flight Safety of FAA read.

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The airline’s company has reported the incident to India’s aviation regulatory body, Director General Civil Aviation (DGCA), about the incident and there was no damage to the plane and passengers. IndiGo declined to make any official comment on the above incident.

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