NEW DELHI: A SpiceJet aircraft flying from Delhi to Srinagar made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here on Monday afternoon. All the 188 passengers, including two infants, on board are safe.
“A few tyre pieces were found on the runway after SpiceJet flight SG-224 departed. Keeping the safety of passengers in mind the aircraft returned to Delhi as a precaution. All procedures for landing in such situations were followed. The aircraft landed in Delhi at 2-40 p.m. and all passengers are safe,'' said SpiceJet spokesperson Sanjay Aggarwal.
The flight which had taken off as per schedule had to be called back after the Air Traffic Control informed the SpiceJet authorities that they noticed some tyre debris on the runway.
“Meanwhile, alternative arrangements were made for the passengers to reach their destination. SpiceJet took special permission from the airport authorities in Srinagar to allow landing of the alternative flight as the airport does not operate any flights after 4-30 p.m. The alternative flight took off from Delhi at 4.52 p.m. and landed safely in Srinagar at 6 p.m.,'' added Mr. Aggarwal.