The SpiceJet pilot of a Boeing 737 Patna-Delhi SpiceJet, Captain Monica Khanna, made an emergency landing at Patna airport on Sunday after one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire shortly after takeoff to the national capital.
Captain Monica made an overweight landing at Patna Airfield, one of India’s most critical airports, which has tall trees on the approach to one end of the runway and a railway line at the other end.
“Captain Monika Khanna and first officer Balpreet Singh Bhatia conducted themselves well during the incident. They were calm throughout and handled the aircraft well. They are experienced officers and we’re proud of them,” ANI quoted Gurcharan Arora, SpiceJet chief of flight operations, as saying.
Describing the incident, Arora further said: “Only one engine was working when the plane landed back. Engineers inspected the plane and confirmed that the fan blades and engine were damaged when a bird struck.” The General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) will investigate further.
Up to 185 passengers were on board flight SG 723, which took off for Indira Gandhi International Airport from Jay Prakash Narayan International Airport at around 12 noon. However, shortly after takeoff, the plane struck a bird, causing one of its engines to catch fire.
The Delhi-bound flight carrying 185 passengers made an emergency landing at Patna airport after one of the aircraft’s engines caught fire shortly after taking off from Patna.
Who is Captain Monica Khanna?
Monica Khanna is a highly rated pilot at Spicejet Limited. Her Instagram profile suggests that she loves to travel and has a deep interest in fashion and the latest trends. Thanks to Captain Monica Khanna’s quick and correct response to an emergency situation that a major incident was averted and many lives saved.
On Sunday, when one of the SpiceJet SpiceJet Boeing 737’s engines caught fire, Captain Monica Khanna turned off the affected engine and returned safely to Patna with everyone on board uninjured in this emergency landing.
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