Chaos for SpiceJet As Aircraft Catches Fire in Delhi Airport

SpiceJet Dash 8 Q400
Photo Credit: Md Shaifuzzaman Ayon/AviationSource

Chaos ensued at Delhi Airport as a SpiceJet Bombardier Dash 8-Q400 catches fire whilst carrying out a ground run.

The Incident in Delhi Involving a SpiceJet Aircraft…


Video sourced from @aviationbrk on Twitter.

The video footage above shows the left side of the aircraft on fire whilst on a stand at the Indian airport.

At this stage, it is unclear what the registration of the airframe is, with this yet to be confirmed independently by AviationSource.

SpiceJet said the following in a statement regarding this incident in Delhi Airport:

“On July 25, a SpiceJet Q400 aircraft under maintenance, while carrying out an engine ground run at idle power, the AME observed a fire warning on #1 engine.”

“The fire brigade was called, and the fire was quickly extinguished. No personnel were injured.”

A Lot of the Dash 8s Are Parked Currently…


Chaos for SpiceJet As Aircraft Catches Fire in Delhi Airport
Aldo Bidini (GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html or GFDL 1.2 http://www.gnu.org/licenses/old-licenses/fdl-1.2.html), via Wikimedia Commons

As per data from Planespotters.net, a lot of the SpiceJet Dash 8s are currently parked and not operating. They are as follows:

  • VT-SQD – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SQE – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SQJ – Parked in Hyderabad.
  • VT-SUD – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUE – Parked in Mumbai.
  • VT-SUG – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUH – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUI – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SUJ – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUK – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SUL – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUM – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SUP – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUS – Parked in an unknown location.
  • VT-SUV – Parked in Chennai.
  • VT-SUY – Parked in Delhi.

Based on this list, the only aircraft based in Delhi would be VT-SUY, although this could be other Dash 8s that are not parked currently and operate out of the airport.

This is a developing story.

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