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DGCA probe into Indigo fire at Delhi takeoff: Narrow escape for 184

Fortunately, the fire was detected seconds before takeoff. It was in the right engine under the right wing of the retiring A-320 Ceo, at 9:45 pm. (Start sequence is right engine #2 first for A-320). The pilot deployed the automated fire extinguisher of the engine and put out the fire. Panic-stricken passengers were offered drinking water by the crew.

NEW DELHI, Oct 29: The Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered an inquiry into the Indigo engine fire incident of Friday night at Delhi airport. “Concerned officials at @DGCAIndia have been directed to look into this and furnish a report at the earliest,” DGCA tweeted.

Fortunately, the fire was detected seconds before takeoff. Passengers who saw the fire said it was a major blaze spreading. The fire was seen in the right engine under the right wing around 9:45 pm. The pilot deployed the automated fire extinguisher of the engine and put out the fire and the aircraft was moved to the bay. Panic-stricken passengers were supplied drinking water by the crew. Videos were taken by passengers and circulated on the social media.

The aircraft was an ageing, retiring Airbus A-320. There were 184 people on board. All of them were evacuated safely and accommodated on another flight after midnight.

The BengaIuru-bound IndiGo flight 6E2131 was grounded at Delhi before takeoff as fire was noticed under its right wing. The carrier said, "The pilot aborted the take-off and the aircraft safely returned to the bay. All passengers and crew are safe and an alternate aircraft was arranged to operate the flight, which took off at 0016 hrs on Oct 29, 2022. We regret the inconvenience caused to the passengers.”

"On 28-10-2022 indigo A320-Ceo aircraft VT-IFM operating flight 6E-2131 (Delhi-Bangalore) was involved in reject takeoff as Engine 2 Fail warning came. Loud bang was heard. Fire extinguisher bottle was discharged. Aircraft returned to bay. It has been grounded for inspection," the DGCA explained.

In the past few months there has been a series of unexplained domestic air mishaps involving most airlines in the country, the most involving Spicejet.

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