An IndiGo aircraft operating a regional flight from New Delhi to Dehradun was forced to make a return to Delhi shortly after departure, after experiencing an engine fire.
IndiGo flight 6E 2134, operated by an Airbus A320 registered VT-IZH had made a normal departure from New Delhi (DEL) for the shorthaul flight to Dehradun Airport (DED).
Shortly after departure, the aircraft initiated a holding pattern before making a return to Delhi. According to reports the aircraft experienced a fire in its number two engine, necessitating the unscheduled return.
The cause and extent of the fire is not yet known, however video has surfaced on social media of the aircraft making its return landing at Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL).
The aircraft in question was IndiGo Airbus A320-200, registration VT-IZH; a four year old airframe at the time of the incident.
The flight time from Delhi to Dehradun is typically around 1 hour. The distance between the two cities is about 230 kilometres.
Dehradun Airport (DED), also known as Jolly Grant Airport, is a domestic airport serving Dehradun, the capital of Uttarakhand, India. It is located 25 km south of the city, in the foothills of the Himalayas.