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Action to be taken after detailed probe into IndiGo plane’s engine fire incident, says DGCA

New Delhi, October 29

Aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday said it would take suitable follow-up action after conducting a detailed probe into an incident of an IndiGo plane’s engine catching fire at the Delhi airport.

A Bengaluru-bound A320 CEO aircraft, carrying 184 people, aborted take-off at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) here due to fire in one of its engines on Friday night. The plane returned to the bay and passengers were de-boarded safely.

The priority is to carry out a detailed investigation of the incident and ascertain the reasons for the fire in the engine. Fortunately, the fire was extinguished swiftly and the aircraft is now grounded,” DGCA chief Arun Kumar said.

He said the engine that caught fire was an IAEV2500. It is manufactured by IAE International Aero Engines AG.

“The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will do a detailed study to check whether there have been any such incidents pertaining to these engines before. After the investigation, suitable follow-up action will be taken,” he said.

A DGCA source said the aircraft VT-IFM operating flight 6E-2131 from Delhi to Bengaluru was involved in reject take-off following engine 2 fail warning. A loud bang was heard and the fire extinguisher bottle was discharged, the source added.

Soon after the incident that took place around 10pm on Friday, the Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) said officials concerned of the DGCA had been directed to “look into this and furnish a report at the earliest”.

In a statement issued on Saturday morning, IndiGo said the aircraft experienced a technical issue while on take-off roll, immediately after which the pilot aborted the take-off and the aircraft safely returned to the bay.

All passengers and crew are safe and an alternative aircraft was arranged to operate the flight, which took off at 12.16am on Saturday, it added.

Videos on social media showed one of the plane’s engines on fire and sparks flying at the time of taxiing at the airport.

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