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Third SpiceJet technical glitch in last 24 hours; China-bound cargo plane forced to return to Kolkata

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Kolkata: In yet another incident with SpiceJet flight. Third SpiceJet technical glitch in last 24 hours, Due to faulty weather radar China-bound cargo plane forced to return to Kolkata. The incident took place on Tuesday. Malfunctioning in firefighter aircraft’s weather radar, lands safely.

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“On July 5th, 2022, SpiceJet Boeing 737 freighter (cargo aircraft) was scheduled to operate from Kolkata to Chongqing. After take-off, the weather radar was not showing the weather. The PIC decided to return back to Kolkata. Aircraft landed safely at Kolkata”, SpiceJet Spokesperson said in a statement.

Earlier on Tuesday, SpiceJet’s Delhi-Dubai flight was diverted to Karachi as the fuel indicator started malfunctioning. The Boeing 737 Max aircraft made an emergency landing at Karachi airport at around 9:15 am after the Pakistani Civil Aviation Authorities permitted the Indian plane to land at the Jinnah International Airport on humanitarian grounds.

Similarly, the arirline’s Kandla-Mumbai flight did priority landing in the financial capital after cracks developed on its windshield mid-air. Commenting on the incident, the airline said, “On 5th July, 2022, SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was operating SG 3324 (Kandla-Mumbai). During cruise at FL230 (23,000 feet altitude), P2 side windshield outer pane cracked. Pressurization was observed to be normal. The aircraft landed safely in Mumbai.”

Multiple Incidents on SpiceJet Since June 19
Since June 19, there have been seven incidents on SpiceJet planes. On June 19, an engine on SpiceJet’s Delhi-bound aircraft carrying 185 passengers caught fire soon after taking off from Patna airport and the plane made an emergency landing minutes later. The engine malfunctioned because of a bird hit.

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In another incident on June 19, a flight for Jabalpur had to return to Delhi due to cabin pressurisation issues. Fuselage door warnings lit up on two separate planes while taking off on June 24 and June 25, forcing them to abandon their journeys and return.

On July 2, a SpiceJet flight heading to Jabalpur returned to Delhi after the crew members observed smoke in the cabin at around 5,000-feet altitude.

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