The Indigo plane, which landed in Delhi to set its engines on fire, was running out of control at “full speed” when sparks appeared “just before takeoff” and the pilot hit the brakes, a passenger told NDTV. “The flight would have taken off in another five to seven seconds when I saw the sparks coming out…and suddenly it turned into a blaze of flames,” she said.
“Everyone is safe and evacuated,” she said around 11 p.m., when she and others emerged from the fire about an hour and a half later. He said he didn’t understand why he was asked to stay on the plane.
“The fire was put out quickly,” she added.
“The pilot told us it was an engine malfunction,” passenger communications expert Priyanka Kumar said from the scene. She said passengers were told that another flight to Bengaluru was currently being arranged.
It had a crew of 184, including 177 passengers and 7 crew.
The alternate flight took off around midnight.
Sharing the first video of the fire, which was filmed through her seat window, she gave a rough timeline. “
A fire extinguisher was used, she said, and the fire brigade quickly arrived. “The crew gave water to the passengers. There were many elderly people and children on board,” she said.
“They told us the plane had been taken to the parking lot. We got off the stairs in the usual way – one by one,” she added. It was about
Delhi Police said all passengers and crew were safely evacuated. No immediate word was given as to why people remained on the plane for nearly 90 minutes after the incident.
The airline issued a statement: “The aircraft operating flight 6E2131 from Delhi to Bangalore experienced technical problems during the takeoff roll. Shortly thereafter, the pilot aborted the takeoff and the aircraft returned to the bay.”
“All passengers and crew are safe and a replacement aircraft has been arranged to operate the flight. We regret any inconvenience caused to our passengers,” it added.
Input from Mir Rafae.