SpiceJet flight from Mumbai to Dubai was delayed on Monday, July 11 after the Boeing B737 Max aircraft’s nose wheel malfunctioned, Directorate General of Civil Aviation officials said.
Monday’s incident is at least the ninth incident of technical malfunction in a SpiceJet aircraft in 24 days.
On July 6, the DGCA issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet following eight incidents of technical malfunction in its aircraft since June 19. The aviation regulator said the budget carrier had “failed” to establish safe, efficient and reliable air services.
It further said, “Poor internal safety oversight and inadequate maintenance action (as most of the incidents are related to either component failure or system-related failure) has resulted in degradation of the safety margins.”
On Monday, July 11 the Boeing B737 Max aircraft with registration number VT-SZK operated the Mangaluru-Dubai flight, DGCA officials noted. After the aircraft landed, an engineer did a walk-around inspection and found the nose wheel strut was compressed more than usual, they said.
The engineer, therefore, decided to ground the aircraft. The airline sent another aircraft from Mumbai to Dubai to operate the return Dubai-Madurai flight, they stated.
Asked about the matter, a SpiceJet spokesperson said, “On July 11, 2022, SpiceJet flight SG23 operating from Dubai to Madurai was delayed due to the last minute technical issue. Alternate aircraft was arranged immediately which brought passengers back to India.”
“Flight delays can happen with any airline. There has been no incident or a safety scare on this flight,” the spokesperson added.
On July 2, a SpiceJet flight heading to Jabalpur returned to Delhi after the crew members observed smoke in the cabin at around 5,000 feet altitude. This was one of the nine incidents reported in 24 days.
Amid cases of technical issues, SpiceJet airline’s Managing Director Ajay Singh on July 11 was booked in Gurugram for allegedly duping a businessman worth crores of rupees on the pretext of allotting him company shares. The complainant — Amit Arora — has claimed that Singh has similarly defrauded others.
On July 12, the airline company said the complaint of alleged fraud filed by an individual against airline’s Chairman Ajay Singh was “completely bogus” and a defamation suit will be filed against the complainant.