LONDON – In breaking news the Indian aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) announced today that smoke had been detected in the cabin of an IndiGo A320neo after it landed in Indore on Tuesday this week.
According to reports, the crew had observed smoke in the cabin of the Raipur – Indore flight after the aircraft had landed.
The DGCA stated that the cabin crew had raised the alarm about the smoke in the passenger cabin as the aircraft was taxiing after an uneventful landing.
The incident is now being investigated by the DGCA.
The incident comes on a day the regulator sent notice to another airline, SpiceJet, for an unusually high number of incidents involving its fleet in the last three weeks.
A spokesperson for the airline informed that all passengers disembarked the aircraft safely without incident. IndiGo has not made any formal statement beyond that.
India’s English news channel Times Now carried the report earlier this afternoon.
Recent SpiceJet incidents
Today’s IndiGo announcement follows on from a series of incidents involving another Indian carrier SpiceJet. The most recent involving the Indian low cost carrier occurred on July 2, when a SpiceJet domestic flight bound for Jabalpur made a precautionary return to Delhi after the crew members observed smoke in the cabin as the aircraft passed through approximately 5,000 feet.
It is understood that the Indian aviation regulator DGCA has issued Spicejet with a ‘show cause’ notice earlier this week following eight technical malfunction incidents involving its fleet aircraft over the past 18 days.
IndiGo and SpiceJet
IndiGo (IGO) is an Indian low-cost airline headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. It is the largest Indian airline in terms of passengers carried and fleet size.
SpiceJet is also an Indian low cost carrier which is also headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana. It is the second largest airline in India in terms of the number of domestic passengers carried.
The cause of the smoke aboard the IndiGo A320 is not known at this time. This is a developing story.