An Indigo Airbus A320 made an emergency landing in Indore on Tuesday after suffering a windshield crack shortly after departure out of Indore’s runway 25.
The carrier’s Airbus A320-200 with registration VT-IKB was operating flight 6E-6195 from Indore’s Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport to Chennai International Airport. The aircraft took off from Indore at 3.38 pm local time with 100 passengers on board.
The crew reported a cracked windshield during the initial climb. The crew stopped the climb at about 15,400 feet and returned to Indore. The aircraft landed safely on runway 25 some 22 minutes after departure from the same runway.
The airport’s director, Aryama Sanyal reported that the air traffic control received a message from the aircraft within four minutes of departure.
A replacement A320-200N, with registration VT-ITX, reached Chennai with a delay of about three hours.
The aircraft with registration VT-IKB was delivered to the airline back in January 2019 on lease and is currently 14.4 years old. In contrast, the replacement aircraft was delivered in September 2017 and is currently 3.9 years old.
IndiGo announced 22 new flights earlier this month connecting key regional cities in India. Sanjay Kumar, Chief Strategy and Revenue Officer of IndiGo commented: “We are pleased to add 22 new flights including RCS routes, enhancing connectivity in the southern, western, eastern and north-eastern regions. The introduction of these new exclusive routes will further bolster the airline’s domestic network, while augmenting inter- and intra-regional accessibility.
“Direct connections between Bhubaneswar and Patna – the ancient cities; Jaipur and Vadodara – the textile hubs; Rajahmundry and Tirupati, the sacred cities, will cater to the travel demand in the cities, alongside promoting trade and tourism. IndiGo is committed to providing an affordable, on-time, safe and hassle-free travel experience onboard our lean, clean flying machine.”
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