SpiceJet's Jharsuguda-Kolkata flight faces trouble at 22,000 feet
As a precautionary measure, the crew requested emergency descent, according to a SpiceJet statement
A SpiceJet aircraft flying from Jharsuguda (in Odisha) with 54 passengers onboard had to make an emergency landing at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport due to an issue related to cabin pressure. No passenger or crew member experienced any discomfort and the aircraft landed safely.
The De Havilland Canada Dash 8-400 aircraft with the registration number VT-SUJ was operating the SpiceJet flight SG-3282 (Jhasuguda-Kolkata) on Monday (January 11).
"While passing FL220 (an altitude of 22,000 feet), the cabin pressure warning came on. As a precautionary measure, the crew requested emergency descent to the ATC (air traffic control) and the same was approved. The aircraft landed safely at Kolkata. No passenger or crew discomfort was reported," SpiceJet said in a statement.
The flight was scheduled to depart from Jharsuguda at 4.40 pm, but took off at 6 pm and landed in Kolkata at around 7.15 pm, according to a report in One India.
The aircraft involved has a passenger capacity of 78. It had earlier arrived in Jharsuguda from Kolkata with 74 passengers and was on a return trip. There is another variant of the Q400 that seats 90 passengers.
A SpiceJet Boeing 737-800 had a close shave at the Guwahati airport in December after it landed before the designated point on the runway. No one was hurt in the incident. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident, according to reports.
The pilots of the Bangalore-Guwahati flight SG-960 were off-rostered, a senior DGCA official told PTI. According to a Times of India source, low clouds on short finals (just before touchdown) caused the pilots to lose perception of altitude, in turn resulting in a high descent rate. This led to a touchdown on the threshold.