SpiceJet Flight Catches Fire Mid-Air, Lands Safely In Patna

 - Sakshi Post

A Spicejet plane carrying 185 passengers made an emergency landing in Patna right after take-off as its left engine had caught fire following a bird hit. Videos shot by locals on the ground show sparks coming out from the left engine of the plane.

All passengers were safely evacuated and there has been no report of any injury, officials said.

A section of media reported that the pilots suspected there was a bird hit during the take-off. However, the aircraft continued to climb out since they did not observe any abnormality in the plane.

Then the cabin crew noticed sparks coming out from the left engine of the plane and alerted the pilots. Following this, the pilots shut down the engine as per the procedure. 

The cabin crew then noticed sparks coming out from the left engine of the aircraft and alerted the pilots. Subsequently, the pilots shut down the engine as per the procedure and requested an emergency landing.

"Cockpit crew of Patna-Delhi SpiceJet flight after take-off during rotation suspected bird hit on engine no. 1. As a precautionary measure, the flight captain shut down the affected engine and returned to Patna. Post-flight inspection shows bird hit with three fan blades damaged," a Spicejet spokesperson said. 

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