A Go First flight, flying from Bengaluru to Male in Maldives, with 92 passengers made an emergency landing in Coimbatore due to a faulty smoke alarm. The pilot detected the smoke warning while flying over Tamil Nadu’s textile city.
The airport authorities in Coimbatore, however, said it was a “false alarm”.
The alarm went off after the twin engines allegedly overheated, news agency PTI reported. The engineers checked the engines and declared that there was some fault in the alarm and declared that the aircraft was fit to fly, it added.
Last month, Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia held meeting with chiefs of Indian carriers after reports of multiple technical malfunction incidents during the last one month. Mr Scindia told each airline to take all necessary steps that are needed to ramp up safety oversight.
Last week, an aircraft of Go First returned to Ahmedabad after it suffered a bird strike within a few minutes of take-off on Thursday afternoon.
On June 20, a Delhi-bound aircraft of the SpiceJet airlines caught fire soon after taking off from the Patna airport and made an emergency landing minutes later due to a bird hit. On the same day, another Delhi-bound IndiGo flight returned to Guwahati airport due to a suspected bird hit after the take-off.
Earlier last month, the windshield of a Go First flight between Delhi and Guwahati cracked mid-air due to bad weather on Wednesday, a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) official said.
Meanwhile, after frequent engineering-related glitches in several airlines, the aviation watchdog conducted several spot checks and advised that all aircraft at base and transit stations shall be released by certifying staff holding a licence with appropriate authorisation by their organisation.