Air Asia flight grounded after technical glitch at Srinagar Airport

“Although it was not a major glitch but for the safety of the passengers we decided against flying before rectifying fault,” he added.

MUKEET AKMALI
Srinagar, Publish Date: Dec 10 2017 11:55PM | Updated Date: Dec 10 2017 11:55PM
Air Asia flight grounded after technical glitch at Srinagar AirportFile Photo

A major tragedy was averted at Srinagar ‘International’ airport as Delhi-bound Air Asia bound flight was grounded minutes after it took off following a technical glitch. However, all passengers were evacuated safely, officials informed.

An official informed that Air Asia plane was scheduled to fly to Delhi at 11 am. However, minutes after its take off due to technical snag in the engine of the airplane, it was grounded and pulled back from the runway.

“There was a snag in the aeroplane’s engine filter. The filter had jammed due to dust which hindered the take off of this flight,” said a senior executive of Air Asia adding that “filter was flown from Delhi after which the flight could take off after four hours of its scheduled departure.”

“Although it was not a major glitch but for the safety of the passengers we decided against flying before rectifying fault,” he added.

Director Srinagar Airport, Sharad Kumar said that Air Asia flight was grounded few minutes after taking off. “All the passengers were evacuated safely. The flight then took off at around 3 pm after the air carrier rectified the fault.”

However while authorities downplayed the incident, the aviation officials here has “cautioned” airlines against the “callous approach”. They stressed on conducting safety checks of flights before carrying out operations here.

“It has now become a norm that airlines operating in Srinagar operate worn out airplanes which could jeopardy the safety of passengers. They (air carriers) must ensure cent percent checks before operations so that any untoward incident is averted in the future,” they said. 

It may be recalled that in September, a flight of Indigo airlines also had to make an emergency return to Srinagar International Airport soon after taking off due to “technical problem.” Meanwhile, the passengers bound on this Air Asia flight were fuming against the callous approach of the airlines.

“We were made to sit at airport from 11am to 3pm due to no fault of ours. It is the callousness of the airlines that they play with the lives of the people as they operate without carrying safety audit of their aircrafts,” said Ajaz Ahmad, passenger of the flight.

Another passenger Javid Ahmad said that he had to wait along with his ailing mother at the aerodrome. “These (airlines) take Kashmiris far-granted and operate here worn out airplanes,” he added.

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