Private airline Go Air's plane catches fire on runway in Indian city of Ahmedabad

Private airline Go Air's plane catches fire on runway in Indian city of Ahmedabad
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The engine of a Bengaluru-bound GoAir flight experienced a minor fire in Ahmedabad while taking off at 9:20 am local time on Tuesday due to a “foreign object”, APA reports citing Sputnik.

​"The right engine of GoAir flight G8 802 from Ahmedabad to Bengaluru is suspected to have suffered from foreign object damage (FOD) while on the take-off roll. The suspected FOD resulted in a small fire which has been doused," the statement said.

It is suspected that the blaze was caused due to a bird-hit.

 

It was, however, immediately doused and the plane was towed off the runway. The incident was captured in a video clip.

The airline said all passengers and crew on the plane were deplaned safely and alternative flight arrangements were made for the passengers. 

A320Neo, powered by Pratt & Whitney engines, is a product of rivalry between Boeing and Airbus manufacturers. While India’s private airline IndiGo was the first customer of A320neo aircraft in India, it was followed by competitor GoAir.

 

With many similar incidents coming to light, India’s Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered IndiGo and Go Air to replace the engines of its entire A320neo fleet.

 

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