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IndiGo aircraft grounded in Kolkata, investigation by AAIB on

Press Trust of India  |  Kolkata 

An which made an emergency landing at the after smoke filled its cabin mid-air has been grounded, officials said Wednesday.

The incident took place Monday and the is on ground (AOG) at the in Kolkata at present, the said.

The will require engine replacement and it will be done in Kolkata, a senior of the said.

The Jaipur-Kolkata flight with 136 passengers on board made an emergency landing in Kolkata after smoke incident, prompting the government to order a probe.

Officials of the (AAIB), India, have already reached Kolkata to carry out a detailed investigation and prepare a report on what happened on Monday, a DGCA told

The AAIB will submit its report to the ministry directly, he added.

The AAIB is a division of the Ministry of Civil which investigates aircraft accidents and incidents in the country.

According to a top official, occurred in the aircraft's cabin due to an going through the air system.

in engine is a common phenomenon in all engines from time to time, the said, adding that the point to note is that there was no fire on board.

No passenger was injured in the incident, a senior said.

The pilot had to issue a call, made to seek help in times of distress, and the Pratt & Whitney-powered Neo plane landed at the under full emergency conditions, a source said.

On landing, some of the passengers were evacuated using emergency chutes, the source said.

The IndiGo aircraft VT ITR was about 45 miles off Kolkata when smoke engulfed the aircraft, following which the pilot issued the call, the source said.

IndiGo confirmed the incident but said the aircraft did not face any technical issue in the past.

There was no report of any malfunctioning in the aircraft, it said.

On reaching the bay, a few passengers were evacuated via the "aft exit deployed slides" while most passengers deplaned via the front step ladder, the added.

The Neo planes with engines, which are being operated by budget carriers IndiGo and GoAir, have been frequently facing serious glitches mid-air and on ground since their induction.

The airline has also been asked to submit a preliminary report after a detailed technical inspection, the added.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, December 12 2018. 21:20 IST
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