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Delhi-bound SpiceJet Boeing catches fire, lands in Patna

The Boeing737-800 aircraft carrying 180 passengers and six crew made an emergency landing back in Patna after left one of its two engines caught fire on Sunday morning. Flames were billowing out of one wing. The pilot switched off the engine, put out the fire using fire extinguisher and landed the plane with the right engine. Nobody was hurt. Passengers allege they felt something was wrong even as the plane was taking off. Villagers had soon noticed the fire and had informed the airport. The airline says there was a bird hit.

PATNA, June 19: A Patna-Delhi Spicejet aircraft carrying 180 passengers and six crew made an emergency landing after its engine caught fire on Sunday morning. Even as it was landing smoke was billowing out of the plane. The fire was first noticed by villagers who informed the airport and a major mishap was averted.

Passengers alleged that they felt something wrong with the plane even as it was taking off. It was not even going up as it should have. It was airborne for 25 minutes even as it was on fire. They say there might not have been proper technical check and clearance.

The aircraft, Boeing 737-800, had met with another mishap last month. The flight had undergone severe turbulence approaching Durgapur airport on May 1 in heavy rain and storm. It had been fined earlier also by the DGCA for non-compliance of aviation guidelines, especially its pilots not being given proper training in the new Boeing models.

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The flight landed safely in Patna airport.

"Cockpit crew of Patna-Delhi SpiceJet flight after take-off during rotation suspected bird hit on engine no. 1. As a precautionary measure, the flight captain shut down the affected engine and returned to Patna. Post-flight inspection shows bird hit with three fan blades damaged," said a Spicejet spokesperson.

The director of Patna airport has said that SpiceJet has arranged an alternative flight for the passengers. "None of the passengers have been hurt. Their journey to Delhi is being arranged by an alternative aircraft. What caused the fire is a matter of investigation," he said.

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