NEW DELHI:A SpiceJet Boeing 737 could not operate a return flight from Dubai to India on Monday as an engineer grounded it there due to a reported nose wheel snag. Sources say the B737 (VT-SZK) had safely operated from Mangalore to Dubai on Monday (July 11) and was to fly back to Madurai.
“After landing during walk around inspection, the engineer observed that the nose wheel strut is compressed more than normal and grounded the aircraft. The airline has ferried another aircraft (flow without passengers) from Mumbai to Dubai,” said sources. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation is examining this issue.
A SpiceJet spokesperson said: “On July 11, 2022, SpiceJet flight SG23 operating from Dubai to Madurai was delayed due to a last minute technical issue. Alternate aircraft was arranged immediately which brought passengers back to India. Flight delays can happen with any airline. There has been no incident or a safety scare on this flight. After the minor technical issue was resolved, the first aircraft flew back to India as a commercial flight.”
A DGCA official said the issue may have been due to depletion of nitrogen used in the oleo strut or internal seal damage. The exact reason would be ascertained based on the investigation of the landing gear (part). “Nitrogen was replenished as per maintenance procedure. No other abnormality was observed. The aircraft has been released for service,” the official said.
The regulator had last week issued a show cause notice to the airline over several snags in past few weeks.