New Delhi (Sputnik) — A Pratt & Whitney-powered Airbus A320 Neo from IndiGo Airlines, engulfed in smoke, made an emergency landing at Kolkata Airport, IndiGo — India’s largest airlines said on Tuesday. The plane was flying between Jaipur and Kolkata.
“Our flight 6E-237 on Dec 10, operating on the Jaipur-Kolkata route made an emergency landing due to suspected smoke in the cabin. All passengers and crew onboard are safe. There was no earlier report of any malfunction with the airplane”, IndiGo clarified issuing a statement.
The flight landed safely after the pilot issued a “May Day” call under full emergency conditions.
“The IndiGo aircraft VT ITR was about 45 miles off Kolkata when the smoke engulfed the aircraft. Amid the passengers’ safety being in danger, the pilot issued a May Day and sought an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport”, one of the airport officials informed the media.
The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board (AAIB), which comes under the Civil Aviation Ministry, has launched a probe into the incident. Recently, Suresh Prabhu, India’s minister of civil aviation, ordered to put in place a third party professional organisation to look into various safety aspects of the aviation industry. In order to focus continuous attention on air safety, the ministry has also ordered concerned officials to put in place a regular “safety compliance report” for all airlines.