New Delhi: A SpiceJet aircraft operating from Delhi to Jabalpur made an emergency landing in Delhi this morning after the crew reported smoke in the cabin while passing 5000 ft, said a SpiceJet spokesperson on Saturday. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has demanded a probe into the incident.
The crew observed smoke in the cabin while the lavatory smoke alarm went off. The cabin crew members pressed the alarm bell and contacted the cockpit crew. However, on a visual check, no sign of smoke or damage was observed.
The smoke in the cabin was raised. In this situation, the decision was taken to return, and after this, the aircraft landed safely at the Delhi airport.
Breathing problems with some passengers
Saurabh Chhabra, a passenger on the Jabalpur-bound SpiceJet flight, said that the entire cabin was filled with smoke. “Our flight was at 6.15 am. After 2-3 minutes of taking off, we could smell something rotten. Panic started taking place. Breathing problems started with some passengers. Then they made an emergency landing at 7 am, after which we got to know that smoke was coming out of the engine fans. “
He further added, “There was smoke in the entire cabin.” We were sprinkling water on our masks so that we could breathe easily. Several children and senior citizens had started coughing.
“Following the incident, Spicejet provided us with another flight at 8.15 am,” he said.