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SpiceJet Mumbai-Kandla flight safely aborts takeoff on runway


NEW DELHI: A day after SpiceJet was ordered to operate half of its approved schedule, its Mumbai-Kandla flight aborted take off at Mumbai on Thursday after getting a caution alert. The aircraft safely returned to the bay and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is examining the issue.
“A Q400 aircraft scheduled to operate from Mumbai to Kandla rejected take off owing to illumination of a caution alert. Crew acted as per the standard operating procedure. There was no safety scare. The aircraft returned to the bay and all passengers and crew safely deboarded,” said an airline spokesperson.
After analysing a spate of incidents that occurred on SpiceJet fights over a month back, the DGCA in an interim order on Wednesday had asked the airline to operate a truncated schedule — half of the allowed fights — this summer and that too under ‘enhanced surveillance.’ The cash-strapped airline will be allowed to scale up operations only after proving that it has ‘sufficient, technical support and financial resource to safely and efficiently undertake such enhanced capacity.’
SpiceJet anyway has been operating about 300 flights daily in the past few weeks which is half of the approved weekly 4,100-odd flights. So this order may have no impact on the airline’s operation apart from SpiceJet planes being continued to be subjected to stricter checks.
SpiceJet said all its flights departed on time as per schedule Thursday morning. “There were no flight cancellations. There has been absolutely no impact on our schedule following Wednesday’s order by the regulator. This has been possible as SpiceJet, like other airlines, had already rescheduled its flight operations due to the current lean travel season. We would like to once again reassure our passengers and travel partners that our flights will operate as per schedule in the coming days and weeks. SpiceJet is confident of scaling up its operations and addressing any concern the regulator may have on priority,” the airline said in a statement.



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