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After Spicejet, now Indigo diverts Sharjah-Hyderabad flight to Karachi

The pilots of the Sharjah-Hyderabad flight reported engine snag and safely landed in Karachi. On July 5, a Delhi-Dubai Spicejet Boeing 737 Max 8 had also diverted to Karachi due to a false alarm of excessive fuel loss.

NEW DELHI, July 17: A Sharjah-Hyderabad Indigo flight was diverted to Karachi early morning on Sunday as it developed an engine snag. The Airbus A320 landed safely and all passengers onboard were safe. A substitute plane was being sent to Karachi to fly the stranded passengers to Hyderabad.

The 6E-1406 flight had taken off from Sharjah at 11:02 pm on Saturday (local time) for Hyderabad. The flight duration is 4 hours. It landed in Karachi at 2:15 am on Sunday.

The Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident.

“IndiGo flight 6E-1406, operating from Sharjah to Hyderabad, was diverted to Karachi. After the pilot of the Sharjah-Hyderabad flight observed a technical defect in the aircraft, as a precaution the aircraft was diverted to Karachi, Pakistan. An additional flight is being sent to Karachi to fly the passengers to Hyderabad,” the airline said.

In a similar incident recently, a Delhi-Dubai Spicejet Boeing 737 Max 8 flight, SG-11, carrying 150 passengers, was diverted to Karachi on July 5 when the indicator displayed excessive fuel loss. The airline said, "On July 5, 2022, SpiceJet B737 aircraft operating flight SG-11 (Delhi - Dubai) was diverted to Karachi due to an indicator light malfunctioning. The aircraft landed safely at Karachi and passengers were safely disembarked. No emergency was declared and the aircraft made a normal landing. There was no earlier report of any malfunction with the aircraft. Passengers have been served refreshments. A replacement aircraft is being sent to Karachi that will take the passengers to Dubai."

Earlier on July 14 a Delhi-Vadodara Indigo flight was diverted to Jaipur as it developed a snag. The pilots felt vibrations in one of the engines.

On July 12, Indigo's maintenance technicians had complained to Airbus, aircraft manufacturer, that the airline is not following the standard maintenance guidelines and that the situation is posing serious threat to the air passengers. On their behalf, the All-India Aircraft Technicians had sent a written complaint to Airbus, also asking them to intervene in the matter. The technicians said, “They have downgraded the maintenance standards of your aircraft."

On July 13 the airline terminated the services of a few technicians, it is reported.

In response to the complaint IndiGo said, “IndiGo follows the highest standards of aircraft maintenance and adheres to all regulatory norms. Such allegations are completely baseless and are being spread with malicious intent... We have a fleet of over 280 aircraft with high operational availability, making it one of the safest airlines in the world. We are committed to providing an on-time, affordable, safe and a courteous and hassle-free service to all our customers.”

On July 10 a number of maintenance technicians had gone on a mass sick leave for five days protesting against low salaries. However, the management said, "As a responsible employer, IndiGo is in constant dialogue with its employees to take care of any issues or grievances. The aviation industry has undergone a difficult phase over the last 24+ months. As business recovers, we are in the process of addressing some of the issues related to employee remuneration. This is an ongoing activity and we will continue to take employee feedback in the process." It said, "Our operations continue to be normal."

On July 2, a large number of IndiGo's cabin crew took sick leave, causing delays of about 55% of the airline's domestic flights. They reportedly attended an Air India recruitment event.

There is currently a huge demand for pilots with the new airlines Akasa Air, relaunched Jet Airways and the Tata-acquired Air India starting a recruitment drive.

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