Passenger's nightmare IndiGo flight: 'Landed with 1-2 minutes of fuel left'

The passenger took to social media to share his "harrowing experience" on a Delhi-bound IndiGo flight, which allegedly landed with barely any fuel left after being diverted to Chandigarh.
Passenger's nightmare IndiGo flight: 'Landed with 1-2 minutes of fuel left'
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An IndiGo flight from Ayodhya to Delhi on Saturday, April 13, had a close call after it was forced to divert to Chandigarh and landed with barely any fuel left, a passenger has alleged. The incident has sparked safety concerns, with passengers and a retired pilot alleging that IndiGo may have violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).

However, about 15 minutes before landing, the pilot announced that bad weather in Delhi would prevent them from landing there. The plane hovered over the city and attempted to land twice, but both attempts were unsuccessful, he claimed.

According to Kumar, the pilot informed passengers at 4:15 PM that the plane had 45 minutes of holding fuel. However, after two failed landing attempts and what Kumar described as "wasted time" deciding on a course of action, the pilot finally announced at 5:30 PM, 75 minutes after the holding fuel announcement, that they would divert to Chandigarh.

"By that time, a lot of passengers and one of the crew staff started puking out of panic," Kumar said.

"The plane finally managed to land at Chandigarh Airport at 6:10 PM, 115 minutes after the announcement about having 45 minutes of holding fuel. Got to know after landing that we landed in the nick of time, with only 1 or 2 minutes of fuel left, from the crew staff," he claimed.

Retired pilot Shakti Lumba called the incident a "gross safety violation" by IndiGo and demanded an investigation by the DGCA.

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Passenger's nightmare IndiGo flight: 'Landed with 1-2 minutes of fuel left'

Social media users have pointed out that Flightradar data appears to show only one missed approach and go-around, followed by a cancelled second approach and immediate diversion to Chandigarh.

Source: India Today

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