Pilot of Mumbai-bound IndiGo flight aborts takeoff at last minute due to technical glitch
Over 150 passengers of a Mumbai-bound IndiGo flight faced a minor scare as the pilot aborted take-off at the last minute after hearing a noise from the aircraft on Monday.
According to reports, the pilot aborted take-off from the Raja Bhoj airport in Bhopal around 6:30 pm yesterday due to a technical glitch in the aircraft’s wheels.
An IndiGo airline executive confirmed the incident and said all the passengers were safe. “There were 155 passengers on the plane and all of them were safe,” IndiGo’s Bhopal station manager Ekta Shrivastava was quoted as saying.
The alert pilot, after detecting a technical snag in the wheels, switched off both the engines and the aircraft, thus aborting take-off and bringing the plane to a halt on the runway. The Airbus A320 aircraft was then towed to the terminal.
The same aircraft later took-off for Mumbai after necessary repairs.
The flight, 6E983, was about to take-off when suddenly the pilot stopped it using emergency brakes, a passenger said, requesting anonymity.
“The plane was moving at a high speed before take-off when it suddenly stopped with a loud sound, causing panic among passengers,” he said.