SpiceJet reports radar problem with cargo plane, 3rd incident in past 24 hours

SpiceJet reported an incident with its cargo plane, which was heading for Chongqing in China, returned to Kolkata on Tuesday as pilots realized after takeoff that its weather radar was not working. Importantly, this is the third incident in the past 24 hours and at least the eighth incident of a technical malfunction to have occurred on the SpiceJet aircraft in the past 18 days.

SpiceJet said on Tuesday its Delhi-Dubai flight was diverted to Karachi following a fuel gauge malfunction and its Kandla-Mumbai flight landed in the Maharashtra capital as a priority after cracks developed. developed on its windshield in flight.

The SpiceJet spokesperson said PTI On Wednesday, “July 5, 2022, the SpiceJet Boeing 737 freighter was scheduled to operate from Kolkata to Chongqing. After takeoff, the weather radar did not show the weather. The PIC (pilot-in-command) decided to return to Kolkata. The plane landed safely in Kolkata.”

On July 5, SpiceJet flight SG-11 from Delhi to Dubai made an emergency landing in Karachi, Pakistan after developing a technical fault. The SpiceJet B737 aircraft operating flight SG-11 (Delhi-Dubai) was diverted to Karachi due to an indicator light malfunction. The plane landed safely in Karachi and the passengers were safely disembarked, ANI quoted the SpiceJet spokesperson. He further added that no emergency was declared and the plane made a normal landing. No malfunction of the aircraft has been previously reported. Refreshments were served to passengers. “A replacement plane is being sent to Karachi which will take passengers to Dubai,” the spokesperson said.

Meanwhile, shares of SpiceJet continued to fall on Wednesday, falling 7% to a year low, amid multiple instances of its planes suffering technical issues in recent weeks. The certificate fell 7% to its 52-week low of 35 on BSE. SpiceJet shares opened at 37.10 each after falling 2.33% to close at 37:65 a.m. Tuesday, a day his Dubai-bound plane was diverted to Karachi due to a malfunctioning fuel gauge.

As of Wednesday morning, shares of the airline were trading down 2.66% to 36.65 each. The broader market was in positive territory and the benchmark Sensex rose nearly 400 points to 53,533.84 points.

SpiceJet’s Delhi-Dubai flight suffered an in-flight fuel gauge malfunction on Tuesday and was diverted to Karachi and cracks developed on the windshield of another plane from the budget carrier at a height of 23,000 feet forcing a priority landing in Mumbai in a double whammy for the airline. The two single-day episodes brought the total number of technical malfunction incidents involving SpiceJet aircraft over the past fortnight to seven.

(With PTI, ANI entries)

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