A New Delhi-bound IndiGo plane on Friday was involved in a low speed reject due to “suspected engine stall” at Patna airport as all 174 passengers on board were successfully evacuated immediately. Earlier, reports had suggested that the aircraft 6E-508 suffered a tyre burst before taking off from the airport.
“IndiGo flight 6E-508 (Patna-Delhi) was involved in a low speed reject due to suspected engine stall. As smoke was observed in cabin by the Cabin crew. Capt. elected to evacuate due to precautionary reasons. All SOPs were carried out efficiently,” said an official IndiGo statement.
The airline dismissed reports that the aircraft had suffered tyre burst or engine fire and added that evacuation was completed with 60 seconds.
According to a senior airport official, the aircraft is still on the runway and the authorities are working to move the plane from there. The official added that the left engine of the plane failed when it was taxiing and the take off for New Delhi was aborted.
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The matter has been reported to aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation proactively and an internal enquiry has also been initiated, said the official statement.
“There were 174 passengers on board. All passengers are safe. There was no technical snag reported when aircraft arrived at Patna. At IndiGo, safety of the passengers, crew and the aircraft is the top priority and at no time it can be compromised,” the statement added.