An IndiGo flight from Jorhat in Assam to Kolkata skidded off the runway during take-off and a pair of its wheels got stuck in the muddy outfield.
The incident took place on Thursday when the aircraft was taxing out for take-off with 98 passengers on board and the flight was cancelled.
After this incident, the aircraft was taken back to the bay at Jorhat for inspection. During the initial inspection, no abnormalities were observed. But, as a matter of caution, the maintenance team initiated a thorough inspection. However, the flight was cancelled.
An Airports Authority of India official told that the Indigo flight to Kolkata was cancelled after being held up for several hours at Jorhat due to a “technical issue”.
“IndiGo flight 6E-757 operating from Jorhat to Kolkata returned back to bay during departure. While taxiing out the pilot was advised that one of the main wheels had partially run over the grass adjacent to the taxiway. The pilot held the taxi procedure as a precaution and asked for necessary inspection.IndiGo said in a statement.
Earlier, a local journalist uploaded a picture on Twitter showing an aircraft, which apparently skidded off the runway and one pair of wheels got stuck in the soft grassy outfield.
“There was some technical issue with the aircraft. There were 98 passengers on board. All passengers deboarded and are safe. They waited in the terminal building and the flight was cancelled at around 8:15 pm.”Official of AAI.
Tagging IndiGo, the scribe posted, “Guwahati Kolkata @indigo flight 6F 757 (6E757) slips from the runway and stuck in a muddy field in Jorhat airport in Assam. The flight was scheduled to depart at 2.20 pm but the flight was delayed after the incident.”
Nowadays, several untoward incidents related to IndiGo flights have happened at a time when many mid-air incidents are reported these days.
Recently, Minister of Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia in the Lok Sabha said in a written reply stated that a total of 478 technical snag-related occurrences were reported in planes between July 1, 2021, and June 30, 2022.