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New Delhi: Jet blast shatters IndiGo coach’s window, five injured

A probe has been ordered into the jet blast allegedly from a SpiceJet plane at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport

delhi Updated: Jul 10, 2017 08:29 IST
Faizan Haidar
Faizan Haidar
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Five Mumbai-bound passengers sustained injuries when the right front window of an IndiGo bus broke from the impact of the blast.(Representative image)

In a freak accident, five Mumbai-bound passengers onboard an IndiGo coach sustained minor injuries when the windowpane of the bus shattered due to a jet blast allegedly from a SpiceJet plane at Delhi airport.

A probe has been ordered into the incident that took place at the Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 4:50pm on Friday when boarding of passengers on flight 6E-191 en route to Mumbai was in progress.

“The incident occurred when an arriving aircraft of SpiceJet (SG-253) took a turn to park at the allocated bay. The jet blast broke the right front window glass of the ofIndiGo coach number 34, parked at bay 17,” an IndiGo spokeserson said.

The injured passengers were rushed to the airport clinic for medical assistance. “The flight departed from Delhi after passengers were given medical assistance,” the spokesperson added. Two of the five injured flew in the same flight, while three others departed later.

“We have voluntarily informed the authorities. The matter is being investigated by the IndiGo safety department and the regulator. At the IndiGo, safety of the passengers is of utmost importance – and it can’t be compromised,” the spokesperson added.

The SpiceJet, however, said it’s too early to reach to a conclusion that the incident was caused by the jet blast from one of its aircrafts.

“The Chandigarh-Delhi SpiceJet flight was following ATC instructions and taxing after landing at Delhi. It is too early to say if the incident was caused by an outside object or a jet blast,” a spokeperson for Spicejet said.

It’s also to be seen if SpiceJet aircraft or the bus violated the vehicular movement lane or there was any other reason that caused the accident, the spokesperson said.

He said it’s also too early to fix responsibility as the pilots were following normal procedures followed worldwide.

“In any case we have informed the regulator and the airline is closely cooperating with all assistance. There was no damage to the window panes of any aircraft,” he added.

First Published: Jul 08, 2017 11:56 IST