After one of the plane's wings caught fire, a Delhi-bound plane with 185 people was forced to make an emergency landing at Patna's Jayprakash Narayan International Airport. All of the passengers and crew were recovered safely, according to sources.
SpiceJet's B737-800 aircraft was flying from Patna to Delhi, according to a senior SpiceJet official. The cockpit crew detected a bird strike on one of the engines during rotation during takeoff.
"As a precaution and per SOP, the captain shut down the affected engine and decided to return to Patna," the official said, adding that the plane landed safely and passengers were safely deboarded. A bird hit with three fan blades was damaged during the post-flight inspection.
On Sunday at 12 p.m., the plane took off from Patna airport and returned 25 minutes later.
The fire was reported by a passer-by when the plane was flying above the Phulwarisharif neighbourhood, according to the airport official.
Phulwari Sharif residents alerted Patna police, who in turn alerted the airport management. The event was reported to the ATC officers, who informed the pilot.
"At Patna Airport, the aeroplane took off. We arrived in Patna after a 25-minute journey. Inside the plane, there was some concern "Rajesh Sharma, a passenger, said
Another passenger in the window seat on the plane's left side said: "The left engine was emitting smoke and flames, which I observed. It was frightening, but we reasoned that there were so many people on the plane that God would intervene."
Passengers will be able to fly to New Delhi on a different plane offered by the airline.
In the meantime, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) released a statement with the same information. As one of the plane's wings caught fire, spectators captured video of the plane from the ground. Although the fire could not be seen from such a great distance, smoke could.