Karachi airport discards Indian plane for New Delhi

'Failed to establish safe air services': DGCA issues show-cause notice to SpiceJet


Due to the unsettled political climate between India and Pakistan, the Indian low-cost airline SpiceJet’s passenger plane was forced to make an emergency landing in Karachi, Pakistan. This was the least known destination for Indian travellers due to the proximity of the two countries in south Asia.

After being delayed in Pakistan for about 24 hours, an Indian jet that had been left behind at the Karachi airport apparently took off and for New Delhi.

After being forced to crash land as Jinnah International Airport on Tuesday owing to a technical problem, the jet that was headed to Dubai and carrying 138 passengers and crew members was left stranded in Karachi.

Unexpected Landing:

The Boeing 737 Max-8 from Spice Jet, flight details SG-9922, reportedly proceeded to New Delhi on Wednesday morning after the technicians of Pakistan International corrected the malfunction. According to sources inside the Civil Aviation Authorities -CAA-, this occurred after the aircraft left Karachi.
They reported that the plane took off and at 3:24 in the morning and landed without incident at New Delhi around 5:35 in the morning. According to the reports, this jet has been in service for three years, and it had its first voyage in December of last year.

After the aircraft made an emergency landing in Karachi, a spokeswoman for the (CAA) said that the people aboard were given permission to wait for their flights in a lounge at the airport. They remained there for a total of 12 hours before being transferred to another aircraft and flying back to Dubai.
However, the unsuitable aircraft had to wait in Karachi for 18 hours while it was repaired there

“I hope next time it lands both with engines operating and comes with peace and love among hundreds of Indians passengers,” remarked Riazul Haq”, a Pakistani citizen.

Political tension:

According to Mukhtar, there is very little aviation travel between the two nations because of the political animosity that exists between them. However, this strain has subsided in recent days. People who are doing a religious pilgrimage or who have family members on both sides of the border are the only ones who visit the opposite side. Both nations have important religious sites that they might recommend to one another, such as the Ajmer Sharif near India for Pakistani Muslims and the Gurdwara Sahib Kartarpur through Pakistan for such Sikh population.

According to him, “these folks mainly come from the below middle management level, which is why they are unable to afford to go by air.” However, there were a great number of businesspeople and dealers who used to conduct commerce between the two nations using the barter system. For instance, they would send clothing from Pakistan to Indian and get back spice or palm jewellery in exchange.
According to him, many Pakistani businesses need raw materials that may be sourced from India or vice versa. One example is the requirement for agricultural raw materials by Pakistani food businesses.

Recent SpiceJet incidents:

  1. At least 12 people were hurt on a flight from Mumbai to Durgapur on May 1
  2. On May 4th, a SpiceJet jet gets back to Chennai after a brief trip. 
  3. On May 30th, DGCA reprimanded SpiceJet for using a flawed simulator to train pilots. 
  4. On the 19th of June, a flight to Jabalpur was diverted because of smoke in the cabin. A airplane destined for Jabalpur in India experienced a loss of cabin pressure on June 19. 
  5. July 5: Plane to Dubai conducts crash landing due to technical problem. 
  6. July 5: Aircraft attempts emergency landing at Mumbai due to shattered windscreen. 
  7. July 5: SpiceJet’s cargo aircraft, bound to Sichuan, returned in Kolkata on Tuesday owing to its unserviceable radar map: Spokesperson.

    On July 5th, 2022, SpiceJet Boeing 737 freighter (cargo aircraft) was scheduled to operate from Kolkata to Chongqing. After take-off, the weather radar was not showing the weather. The PIC decided to return back to Kolkata. Aircraft landed safely at Kolkata: SpiceJet Spokesperson pic.twitter.com/FEzfN5tPq2

    — ANI (@ANI) July 6, 2022


According to the aviation expert, before Covid-19, Pakistan has 22.3 million foreign passengers, but that number decreased dramatically as a result of the pandemic lockdown and is only now beginning to gradually increase. At the present time, “foreign airlines have ceased rebating from Pakistan to their offices because of a scarcity of foreign cash in the country,” which is also inhibiting the international flight industry in Pakistan.”

The (DGCA) issued a notification stating, “…it has been noted that even at number of instances the aircraft either went back to its operational site or proceeded landing at the target with decreased safety margins.”

According to the aviation regulatory agency, “The -DGCA- study reveals indicates poor internal safety monitoring and insufficient maintenance activities (since majority of the events are connected to either hardware failures or system and its components failure) have resulted in erosion of safety margins.”

According to what was said in the report, “Financial evaluation conducted out by —DGCA— in September 2021 also has indicated that airline is running on discount store and suppliers/approved suppliers were not paid on a regular basis, resulting to scarcity of parts…” The Directorate General of Civil Aviation –DGCA– said that “…it may be argued as SpiceJet Ltd are failed to build a safe, efficient, and dependable aviation services.” 

The Minister of Civil Aviation, Jyotiraditya M. Scindia, also posted a copy of a DGCA notification on his Twitter account. “The protection of passengers is the first priority. Even the tiniest mistake that compromises safety will be carefully scrutinized, and any necessary course adjustments will be made “he stated.


Passenger safety is paramount. Even the smallest error hindering safety will be thoroughly investigated & course-corrected. https://t.co/UD1dJb05wS

— Jyotiraditya M. Scindia (@JM_Scindia) July 6, 2022


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