IndiGo Airlines Involved in Taxiing Incident in Jorhat India

An IndiGo Airlines A320neo aircraft taxying.
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LONDON – An IndiGo Airlines A320neo was involved in an incident last week in Jorhat, India, when the aircraft veered off the tarmac and a pair of its wheels became stuck in the muddy outfield. 

IndiGo, is an Indian low-cost airline headquartered in Gurgaon, Haryana, India. It is the largest airline in India by passengers carried and fleet size.

IndiGo Airlines Flight 6E 757

The incident occurred at 2:20pm local time on 28 July, as the A320neo was taxiing in preparation for the departure from Jorhat domestic airport.

Flight 6E 757 was on its scheduled flight from Jorhat – Kolkata when the incident occurred. The aircraft had 98 passengers on board during the incident.

The aircraft was taxiing towards the runway when a wheel veered off the taxiway onto the muddy surrounding outfield, resulting in the aircraft’s wheel assembly becoming stuck in the soft grass surface.

There was a panic among the passengers as the aircraft came to sudden halt, but the crew managed to pacify the concerned passengers and subsequently safely de-boarded them.

After reaching the terminal the airline arranged for food and refreshments due to the delay. Eventually, after a long delay, the engineers were not able to fix the issue and the flight had to be cancelled.  

Official report

The incident was formally reported as follows:

IndiGo flight 6E-757 operating from Jorhat to Kolkata returned back to bay during departure. While taxiing out the pilot was advised that one of the main wheels had partially run over the grass adjacent to the taxiway.

The pilot subsequently stopped the taxi procedure as a precaution and asked for the necessary inspection to be carried out.

The aircraft was taken back to the bay at Jorhat for inspection. During the initial inspection, no abnormalities were observed. As a matter of caution the maintenance team-initiated a thorough inspection. The flight was cancelled.

Speaking on the incident, Krishna Kumar, director of Jorhat airport of Airport Authority of India (AAI) remarked:

“There was no major incident and none of the passengers or crew sustained injuries. The flight got delayed initially but after airlines officials noticed some minor glitch, it was cancelled around midnight.”

“The aircraft is still stationed at the parking bay of the airport. The passengers are stranded as no alternate flight has arrived.”

“It is for the passengers and the airlines to decide whether passengers will get a refund or they will be accommodated in some other flight.”

DGCA action

The latest Indigo incident came just days after India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) restricted SpiceJet to operate only 50% of its approved scheduled flights.

In recent weeks, several mid-air and on-ground crises have forced the country’s aviation regulator to step in and started conducting spot check across the country. The DCGA has since called meetings with management of Indian airlines to discuss recent incidents and related matters.

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