Monsoon blues: Bird-hit IndiGo flight returns safely to Ranchi; planes parked at Ahmedabad airport suffer damages due to strong winds

By Times of India

The annual rainy season nightmare has begun for airlines. An IndiGo aircraft suffered a bird hit during take off from Ranchi for Mumbai on Tuesday (June 15).

The Airbus A320 with over 130 people on board returned landed back safely in Ranchi after its engine number two experienced high vibration due to the burn hit. While bird hits around the year, their incidence rises in monsoon.

Additionally, three aircraft of IndiGo and two of another airline parked at Ahmedabad airport on Tuesday-Wednesday night are feared to have suffered damages when planes there moved due to strong winds.

“Ahmedabad airport was hit by an unexpected thunderstorm with extremely high winds on Tuesday evening. This impacted all airlines’ aircraft parked at Ahmedabad airport. Three IndiGo aircraft sustained minor/non-structural damages which will require replacement of certain parts. The aircraft shall be in operations after necessary repairs,” IndiGo said in a statement.

About Tuesday’s bird hit, an IndiGo spokesperson said its “A320 operating flight 6E-341 from Ranchi to Mumbai returned back to Ranchi due to a bird hit after takeoff. The aircraft was held at Ranchi for necessary inspections.

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