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IndiGo aircraft aborts take-off in Patna after failure of its AC unit, all 178 passengers safe

Pilots had to abort take-off after they detected that the AC unit of the aircraft cabin had failed. All 178 passengers were reported safe.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 13:58 IST
Ruchir Kumar
The snag in the AC unit was detected on the runway after the air traffic control had given the aircraft clearance for take-off in Patna.
The snag in the AC unit was detected on the runway after the air traffic control had given the aircraft clearance for take-off in Patna.(HT file photo)

An IndiGo aircraft, bound for Kolkata had to abort take off following failure of its airconditioning unit on Wednesday.

All 178 passengers on board the Airbus 320 flight 6E-634 were reported safe.

The passengers were deboarded after the aircraft was brought back to parking bay number one at the Jay Prakash Narayan international airport in Patna. The aircraft has been grounded and engineers reportedly summoned from the airlines head office in New Delhi.

Airport sources said one of the AC units of the aircraft cabin failed. The pilots detected the snag on the runway, after the air traffic control (ATC) had given the aircraft clearance for take-off.

The aircraft had lined up for take-off on the runway but had not started rolling when pilots detected the snag in one of its AC unit, aborting the take-off. They quickly intimated the ATC and returned to the parking bay.

Sources said there were 132 passengers from Patna and another 46 from Lucknow, who were bound for Kolkata.

IndiGo did not respond to HT’s repeated calls.

Airport director Rajender Singh Lahauria told Hindustan Times, “The aircraft had lined up for take-off at 10.30am when its pilots reported technical fault and returned to the parking bay. The aircraft had not started rolling for take-off. So, there was no question of the pilots having to apply emergency brakes.”

This is the second incident in 12 days that an IndiGo flight had to abort take-off at the Patna airport, raising serious questions on maintenance of its aircraft.

On June 30, Patna-Delhi flight 6E-508, with 174 passengers on board, had to apply emergency brakes after completing one-third of the runway when pilots detected that one of its engine was spewing smoke. It was detected that one of the turbine blades of its left engine had cracked, stalling it. The aircraft, which was grounded, returned to Delhi on July 8 after the airlines changed its engine.