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February 10, 2017

Teenagers spot fire on plane flying overhead, avert major disaster

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A major mishap was averted Wednesday evening after two teenagers informed authorities about fire in the tail of a GoAir flight that flew overhead. 

The flight, carrying 194 people, did an emergency landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport minutes after it was informed about the fire.

Rohit Singh and his cousin Nitin, residents of Dwarka, Delhi  were sitting on a terrace when they spotted fire and smoke coming out of the tail of GoAir G8-557 flight flying overhead Wednesday evening. 

The teenagers didn’t waste any time and the Delhi Police Control Room received information about the incident, Indian Express reports.   

The Deputy Commissioner of Police, Sanjay Bhatia immediately verified the caller and informed the concerned agency, shortly after which the flight made the emergency landing.

“After receiving the call from Delhi Police, CISF security personnel immediately conveyed the message to Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) and to the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Within minutes, the GoAir flight, which took off at 7.28 pm from the IGI airport, was identified,” the paper reported, citing sources.

GoAir cited “technical reasons” for the emergency landing, reserving details about the fire. A probe has been initiated in the incident and an aircraft maintenance engineer’s license has been suspended till the probe is complete. 

The airline confirmed that all the passengers and crew members had safely landed, and were accommodated in another flight. 

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Author:Manish Singh

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