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Less than required fuel forces Hyderabad-Dubai IndiGo plane to divert to Mumbai


New Delhi: A Dubai-bound IndiGo plane from Hyderabad had to be diverted to Mumbai after the pilot found that there was “less-than-required” fuel in the aircraft.

The incident was reported last month, when the commander of IndiGo Hyderabad-Dubai flight (6E-026) sought permission to land from Mumbai air traffic control tower after it was found that there was one-tonne less fuel in the Airbus A-320 plane than the required quantity of 13 tonnes, a DGCA official said today.

Initial probe suggests complacency on the part of the airline’s technician and his superior for the “less-than-required” jet fuel intake, he said.

“Their work will be reviewed before taking any action against them,” the official said, adding that the pilot of the flight will also be called for investigation.

IndiGo said fuel onboard its Hyderabad-Dubai flight was as per the regulatory requirement, though not in accordance with the company’s requirement.

“IndiGo flight 6E-026 on April 26 from Hyderabad to Dubai met the necessary DGCA requirement but was less than the company requirement. This was detected by the pilot after starting the cruise,” an IndiGo statement said.

As the aircraft was flying over Mumbai, the pilot decided to divert the plane there for precautionary reasons, it said.

“The matter is being investigated by DGCA along with the flight safety department of IndiGo,” the airline added.

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