Hyderabad: Tension prevailed at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport (RGIA) in Hyderabad after smoke was detected mid-air in the cockpit of an IndiGo flight on its way to the city on Tuesday evening. About 150 passengers on the flight spent anxious minutes before being evacuated.
Flight 6E-6679 had taken off from Delhi airport around 3.20 pm, but crew detected smoke in the cockpit before the flight reached Hyderabad. They immediately contacted the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at RGIA, requesting for an emergency landing.
Crew detected smoke in the cockpit before the Delhi flight reached Hyderabad. ATC was alerted and asked for emergency landing permission
Officials at RGIA activated all emergency services and alerted fire service personnel. An ambulance was also kept on standby to help the passengers in case of emergency.
However, the flight landed safely around 5.15 pm, bringing relief to passengers and officials at RGIA. The passengers were helped off the aircraft using an evacuation slide, after which they were escorted to the airport.
According to one official at the airport, “There was some panic after the flight made an emergency landing. But once the passengers started getting down normally, it all ended well relief.”