New Delhi: A jet blast caused at Delhi airport injured five passengers of an indigo bus. The blast was allegedly from a SpiceJet aircraft that was taxiing after landing. The passengers suffered minor injuries due to the breaking of bus window.
Jet blast refers to the strong force of hot air that aircraft engines push behind, particularly on or before take-off. An IndiGo spokesperson said the right front window of its bus was broken from the force of the jet blast at Indira Gandhi International Airport at 4:50 pm on Friday, NDTV reports.
The airport’s ground staff had promptly taken all the injured to airport’s clinic for providing to them first aid. The Mumbai-bound flight departed from Delhi after ensuring all passengers had been given assistance, IndiGo said. The aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation is investigating the incident.
“IndiGo Coach number 34 was parked at Bay 17 yesterday at 16:50 hours for boarding of passengers on flight 6E-191 enroute Delhi-Mumbai. At the same time, an arriving aircraft of Spicejet SG-253 took a turn to park at the allocated bay,” IndiGo said in a statement. “The jet blast from the aircraft broke the right front window glass of the coach,” IndiGo said in the statement.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet in a statement said its flight was taxiing at Delhi airport and followed the air traffic controller’s instructions. Furthermore, they said it is too early to say if the window of the bus shattered due to an outside object, or jet blast of its aircraft.
“It is also too early to apportion responsibility as the pilots were following normal procedures… In any case, we have informed the regulator and the airline is closely cooperating with all assistance. There was no damage to the windowpanes of any aircraft,” SpiceJet said.