A SPICEJET aircraft heading to Kandla in Gujarat safely aborted take off on the Mumbai airport’s runway on Thursday as the caution alert lit up, the airline said on Thursday.
A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) called the incident as “routine”, adding that the regulator has started a probe into it. This is at least the ninth incident of technical malfunction on a SpiceJet aircraft in the last 40 days. Just a day before, the regulator had ordered SpiceJet to operate not more than 50 per cent of its flights for eight weeks to ensure “safe and reliable transport service”.
During these eight weeks, the budget carrier will be subjected to “enhanced surveillance” by the DGCA. The airline, however, said there has been no flight cancellations because of the regulator’s order as it is already operating limited services “due to the current lean travel season”. On Thursday’s incident, SpiceJet said, “A SpiceJet Q400 aircraft scheduled to operate from Mumbai to Kandla rejected take off owing to illumination of a caution alert.”