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Bengaluru-bound SpiceXpress aircraft returns to city after glitch

A SpiceXpress freighter aircraft operating from Mumbai to Bengaluru returned to the city after the pilot reported an issue in its pressurisation. SpiceXpress is the cargo arm of SpiceJet and operates a fleet of four dedicated cargo aircraft.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said, “On Friday, SpiceJet aircraft operating on the Bengaluru-Mumbai sector faced a minor pressurisation issue. The pilot in command decided to return to Mumbai and landed safely. The issue has been rectified.”

A senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation has sought a report on the incident.

Pressurisation systems constantly pump fresh, outside air into the fuselage. To control the interior pressure and allow stale air to exit, there is a motorised door called an outflow valve located near the tail of the aircraft. Pressurisation systems are designed to keep the interior cabin pressure between 12 and 11 psi at cruise altitude. On a typical flight, as the aircraft climbs to 36,000 feet, the interior of the plane climbs to between 6,000-8,000 feet.

SpiceJet is the only Indian carrier to have a dedicated fleet of freighter aircraft. In September, the airline took delivery of its first 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter (BCF).

BCF’s are next-generation Boeing 737 passenger airplanes converted into cargo jets that are capable of carrying higher payload of up to 23.9 tonnes and flying farther, up to 2,000 nautical miles (3,750 km), than standard-body freighters.

Launched in September 2018, SpiceXpress operates nine cargo flights: six weekly services to Hong Kong from New Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati; and one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, New Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai.

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