2 Amritsar-bound SpiceJet aircraft grounded in Delhi

Four days after launching services connecting Amritsar with national Capital and Srinagar,two SpiceJet aircraft on Monday failed to take off from New Delhi for Amritsar due to “technical glitch” leaving passengers in a lurch for hours.

Written by Navjeevan Gopal | Amritsar | Published: July 17, 2012 3:28 am

Four days after launching services connecting Amritsar with national Capital and Srinagar,two SpiceJet aircraft on Monday failed to take off from New Delhi for Amritsar due to “technical glitch” leaving passengers in a lurch for hours.

High drama was witnessed at New Delhi airport with passengers being made to undergo the boarding process and check-in thrice,before SpiceJet clubbed passengers of its morning and afternoon flights for Amritsar into another aircraft which landed at Guru Ram Das Ji International Airport in the Holy City at 3:30 pm.

Sources said both the Bombardier Q400 NextGen aircraft took to the runway but failed to take off.

The SpiceJet officials while citing the “technical glitch” told the waiting passengers that “nothing was more important than their lives”.

“We were asked to to wait for 10 minutes after the 6:40 am flight could not take off. After that we were made to board an aircraft that came from Chandigarh. But,that too could not take off after covering the distance on the runway. Finally,after undergoing the boarding and check-in formalities thrice,we reached here on a Boeing aircraft,” Dinesh Sharma,a passenger,told The Indian Express in Amritsar. Another passenger,an Asian Paints employee,Vishal Sharma,who along with his three colleagues could not make it to his office,too echoed similar views.

“There was a technical glitch in the aircraft immediately after the take off and a Boeing aircraft took passengers to Amritsar,” said Preet Dey,who looks after the corporate communications of SpiceJet and whose number was referred to by SpiceJet General Manager PR Communications Solomon Wheeler. Preet said it was not “reported” to her that another flight of SpiceJet made an attempt to take off and developed snag.

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