Bird hit aborts SpiceJet's Pune-New Delhi flight take-off
A SpiceJet spokesperson said all passengers and crew members were safe. There were 181 passengers, two infants and six crew members in the plane.
Pune: A SpiceJet flight, carrying over 180 passengers, from here to New Delhi aborted take-off on Tuesday, minutes before being air-borne following a bird strike.
Following the incident, the flight was delayed by more than six hours.
The flight, scheduled to depart at 0725 hours from the airport here, was brought back to the parking bay and after
thorough maintenance checks, it departed for New Delhi at 1400 hours.
A SpiceJet spokesperson said all passengers and crew members were safe. There were 181 passengers, two infants and
six crew members in the plane.
"The take-off of SpiceJet aircraft VT-SZA, scheduled to operate SG 182 between the Pune-Delhi sector, was rejected
owing to a bird strike during take-off roll," the spokesperson said in a release.
Generally, take-off roll refers to the process when the plane is moving forward before getting air-borne.
After "undergoing a rigorous maintenance check as per the stipulated safety norms", the flight took off in the
"We have reported the bird strike details to the relevant authorities. SpiceJet is committed to the safety and
well-being of all its passengers and crew," the spokesperson said.
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