A Vistara Airbus 320 with 152 people onboard returned safely to Delhi on Thursday, February 17 shortly after taking off for Amritsar due to a technical snag in the aircraft. The A320neo (VT-TNI) was operating as UK-697 when pilots got an alert for a hydraulic snag (yellow low-level indication).
Airline sources said the glitch was detected within half an hour of the flight taking off and the pilot immediately requested that the flight be granted priority landing at the Delhi airport.
A call was also received by the Delhi Police at 10:15 AM about the flight being turned around for an emergency landing, and the fire brigade was also put on standby as a precautionary measure.
As a precautionary measure, they decided to return to Delhi — the airline’s engineering base where rectification will be swifter — than to continue operating to nearby Amritsar. The plane landed safely at IGI Airport.
“A technical snag was detected on Vistara flight UK 697 operating Delhi to Amritsar on February 17, 2022. As a precautionary step, the pilots decided to turn back and landed safely at IGI Airport. Another aircraft was immediately arranged to fly the passengers to Amritsar which took off at 1:30 PM post a technical inspection. Inconvenience to passengers is deeply regretted. Safety of our customers and staff is our top priority.”Spokesperson, Vistara
There were 146 passengers and six crew members onboard the aircraft.