Indigo News: IndiGo plane skids off runway as it taxis for takeoff at Jorhat in Assam; all 98 passengers safe and sound

Passengers have had a harrowing experience after an IndiGo flight bound for Kolkata with 98 passengers on board skidded off the runway as it taxied for takeoff at Jorhat airport in Assam on Thursday.

Indigo flight 6E-757 was scheduled to take off for Kolkata at 2:20 p.m. on Thursday, as per the scheduled departure time. As it taxied for takeoff on the runway, the plane’s wheels veered off the tarmac and became stuck in soft mud in a field beside the runway.

The passengers were disembarked some time after the incident with the assistance of the Indian Air Force, with the IAF maintaining the airport.

Authorities tried to fix the problem, but they were unable to fix the problem for about six hours and as a result the flight had to be cancelled.

“IndiGo Flight 6E-757 operating from Jorhat to Kolkata returned to the bay. While taxiing, the pilot was informed that one of the main wheels had partially rolled on the grass adjacent to the taxiway,” said declared IndiGo.

On a positive note, no passengers were injured in this accident and an internal team has been set up for investigation purposes.

“As a precaution, the pilot suspended the taxiing procedure and requested a necessary inspection. The aircraft was taken back to Jorhat Bay for inspections. During the initial inspection, no anomalies were found. By caution, the maintenance team has initiated a thorough inspection. The flight has been cancelled,” IndiGo’s statement read.

Nowadays, several unfortunate incidents related to IndiGo flights have occurred at a time when many in-flight incidents are being reported these days.

Recently, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia of the Lok Sabha said in a written response that a total of 478 technical incidents related to snags were reported on aircraft between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022.

“During operations, an aircraft may experience technical problems due to malfunction of components/equipment installed on the aircraft that require correction by airlines for continued safe, efficient and reliable air transport service. These technical problems are reported by the flight crew upon receiving an audible or visual warning in the cockpit or an indication of an inoperative/faulty system or in the event of difficulty in operating the aircraft,” the Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia at the Lok Sabha.

On July 17, an IndiGo flight from Sharjah to Hyderabad was diverted to Pakistan after a problem on the plane was reported by the pilot.

The airline said the plane was to make a precautionary landing in Karachi and all passengers on board were safe. The Indian carrier further said that an additional plane would be sent to Karachi to bring passengers back to Hyderabad.

A statement from IndiGo read: “IndiGo Flight 6E-1406, operating from Sharjah to Hyderabad has been diverted to Karachi. The pilot observed a technical fault. Necessary procedures were followed and as a precaution the aircraft was diverted. to Karachi. An additional flight is being sent to Karachi to transport passengers to Hyderabad.” (ANI)