Domestic carrier IndiGo’s flight 6E7123, from Rajahmundry to Chennai, made an emergency landing at destination airport on Sunday after one of its engines shut down mid-air. The flight was ferrying 47 passengers.
“There was loss of oil in the one of the engines which led to its mid-air failure and the subsequent emergency landing of the plane,” the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official told PTI.
“Worse, despite loss of oil, the pilot chose to do a go-around instead of landing directly,” the official said,
adding the aviation regulator has begun its probe into the incident.
The airport authorities said that all the passengers were safe.
When contacted, IndiGo sought to downplay the incident, terming it a “technical glitch”.
“IndiGo flight 6E7123 which was operating (on November 4), on Rajahmundry-Chennai route suffered a technical glitch in one of its engines just before landing at Chennai”, an IndiGo spokesperson said in a statement. The aircraft landed safely, it added.
(With inputs from PTI)