AirAsia India’s two A320 aircraft, which were heading from Delhi to Srinagar, returned to the national capital as they faced technical snags mid-air within approximately six hours on Saturday, June 11.
The Delhi-Srinagar flight I5-712, which was being operated on A320 aircraft with registration number VT-APJ, took off from the Delhi airport at around 11:55 AM. After the plane was mid-air for about half an hour, the pilot announced that the aircraft (VT-APJ) is facing a technical snag.
A320 VT-APJ aircraft safely returned to Delhi airport at around 1:45 PM with all the passengers.
Another A320 aircraft with registration number VT-RED was arranged by the airline to conduct the I5-712 flight so that the stranded passengers could be taken to Srinagar.
Sometime after the second plane took off, the pilot announced that this aircraft (VT-RED) too has developed a technical snag and it will have to return to the Delhi airport. VT-RED aircraft safely returned to Delhi airport at around 5:30 PM with the passengers.
“AirAsia India confirms that flight from Delhi to Srinagar had to return to Delhi on account of a technical snag. The aircraft is being operated after rectification of the snag to recover continuity of operations to and from Srinagar.
We regret the inconvenience and disruption to the travel plans of our guests and reaffirm our commitment to safety in all our operations.”Spokesperson, AirAsia India
After two failed attempts at ferrying passengers to their destination, AirAsia India decided to offer them a full refund on their tickets. In addition, passengers were also provided with the option to book another AirAsia India flight within the next 30 days.
Airbus, which manufactures A320 aircraft, did not respond to PTI’s request for a statement on this matter.
In the past few months, there has been a spurt in aircraft engine snags. The DGCA is investigating these snags faced by Indian carriers closely with the original equipment manufacturers. And now a foreign airline’s engine snag also joins its probe list.