A Go First flight, heading from Delhi to Guwahati, was diverted to Jaipur after the A320neo plane’s windshield cracked mid-air.
The incident took place when flight G8 151, that took off from the Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport at 12:40 PM, was flying over Rajasthan. An official at the IGI airport said that though the pilots wanted to return to Delhi, they had to fly to Jaipur due to heavy rain and bad weather in the national capital.
This is the third incident of a technical glitch on a Go First aircraft in two days. A DGCA official said that the flight was diverted to Jaipur as the weather in Delhi was not appropriate. In a statement, Go First acknowledged that a windshield crack in the Delhi-Guwahati flight.
“The Pilot in Command was a very well-experienced pilot and a qualified TRI and handled the issue quite diligently and with maturity and due to the weather in Delhi he took a precautionary measure and diverted the aircraft to Jaipur. The passengers are being accommodated on the alternate aircraft from Jaipur to Guwahati and due care is being taken for their comfort and convenience.”Go First
Earlier, on Tuesday, July 19, Go First’s two Mumbai-Leh and Srinagar-Delhi flights faced technical glitches and both planes were grounded by the aviation regulator.
Go First A320 aircraft VT-WGA flight from Mumbai to Leh was diverted to Delhi due to Engine No.2 EIU (Engine Interface Unit) fault.
Meanwhile, another flight, Go Air A320 aircraft VT-WJG flight G8-6202, from Srinagar to Delhi was diverted to Srinagar due to Engine no. 2 EGT overlimit. Officials said that the DGCA was investigating the incidents and both the planes involved in engine snag incidents.
Scores of flights have been diverted owing to multiple technical snags in Indian carriers’ aircraft during the last couple of days. Sources said that Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Monday, July 18 told each airline to take all necessary steps that are needed to ramp up safety oversight.
The DGCA has now mandated that all flights need to be released by certified staff having an AME Category B1/B2 license and is currently investigating all incidents of technical malfunction.