LONDON – An IndiGo flight bound for Bengaluru has had to abort its take-off from Indira Ghandi International Airport after a fire developed in one engine around 10.00pm local time on Friday night.
The departure of IndiGo flight 6E-2131, operated by an Airbus A320-200 aircraft registered VT-IFM was aborted during the take-off roll as the Number 2 (starboard engine) caught fire.
Tracking footage from FlightRadar24 shows the aircraft aborting the take-off roll, apparently just after the application of power. The aircraft subsequently exited the runway and was grounded.
According to Indian news source India Today, no injuries were reported during the incident, and all 177 passengers and 7 crew members were safely disembarked.
Footage filmed by a passenger during the takeoff roll has appeared on social media, and clearly depicts the engine fire which resulting in the rejected takeoff.
Arun Kumar, the chief of India’s civil aviation regulatory body, the Directorate General for Civil Aviation (DGCA) told Indian news outlet Zee News: “The priority is to carry out a detailed investigation of the incident and ascertain the reasons for the fire in the engine. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished swiftly and the aircraft is now grounded.”
IndiGo airline released a brief statement today, saying that the aircraft had experienced a technical issue during the take-off roll, immediately after which the pilot aborted the take off and returned the aircraft safely to the parking bay