A windshield of a SpiceJet plane cracked midair resulting into the flight landing in Mumbai. This was the second mishap of the day for the second largest airline in the country (in terms of domestic passengers carried).

A SpiceJet aircraft, bound from Kandala to Mumbai made a priority landing in the Maharashtra capital after the windshield of the aircraft ended up cracking mid-air. According to a NDTV report, the plane was about 23,000 ft high in the air when the outer windshield cracked. Fortunately, the incident resulted in no casualties or injuries.

Following the mishap, the airline issued a statement which read, “During cruise at FL230, P2 side windshield outer pane cracked. Associated non normal checklist actions were carried out. Pressurization was observed to be normal. Priority landing was carried out and aircraft landed safely at BOM (Bombay).”

As mentioned earlier, this was the second such incident reported on July 5. Earlier today, a passenger plane flying from Delhi to Dubai had to divert to Pakistan’s Karachi due to a fuel system glitch.

“The crew operating Boeing 737-8 MAX (VT-MXG) as SG-011 (Delhi-Dubai) observed unusual fuel quantity reduction from the left tank. They carried out relevant SOPs, but the fuel quantity kept on decreasing. The pilot-in-command (PIC) decided to divert the aircraft to Karachi,” read the excerpt of the statement issued by the company.

The Facts of the Matter

Turbulent times have emerged for India’s SpiceJet with multiple aircraft related mishaps reported in the span of merely a week. Moreover, since June 19, there have been six such incidents. Earlier on Tuesday, a SpiceJet plane flying from Kandala, Gujarat to Mumbai, Maharashtra, had to make a priority landing in Mumbai after the aircraft’s windshield cracked midair.


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Plane was 23k ft in the Air

According to reports, the plane was at an altitude of 23,000 ft when windshield of outer pane developed a cracked. The pilots decided to land the plane on priority, as per officials of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DCGA).

Following the mishap, the airline issued a statement which read, “During cruise at FL230, P2 side windshield outer pane cracked. Associated non normal checklist actions were carried out. Pressurization was observed to be normal. Priority landing was carried out and aircraft landed safely at BOM (Bombay).”

Dubai Bound SpiceJet Plane Lands in Pak

Earlier today, a SpiceJet plane which was flying from Delhi to Dubai had to be diverted to Pakistan’s Karachi following a fuel indicator glitch. According to reports, the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft was flying from the national capital to Dubai and started showing unusual fuel quantity reduction midair.


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Replacement Aircraft was Sent After Landing

After the plane landed on the Karachi airport, inspections were made, which showed no visual leak. The company issued a statement following the mishap, “No emergency was declared and the aircraft made a normal landing. There was no earlier report of any malfunction with the aircraft. Passengers have been served refreshments. A replacement aircraft is being sent to Karachi that will take the passengers to Dubai”.


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6 Mishaps in Less than a Month

SpiceJet, which is currently the second largest airline in the country with a market share of 13.6, has reported six mishaps since June 19. Back on June 19, a engine on a Delhi-bound SpiceJet aircraft caught fire and the plane had to make an emergency landing a few minutes later. The cause of the incident was reported to be a bird strike.

The same day, a flight bound to Jabalpur had to return to Delhi due to cabin pressure issues. On two separate flights flying on June 24 and June 25, fuselage door warnings caused the plane to return back. Earlier this month on July 2, a Jabalpur bound flight from Delhi had to return back to the national capital after the crew members raised an alert on smoke in cabin.

 

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