DCGA grounds Flybig aircraft after fuel leakage incident at Patna airport

A senior DGCA official informed that aircraft VT-TMC of Flybig airlines was scheduled to take off for Guwahati from Patna airport at 6.15 pm when fuel leakage was noticed during transit inspection.

ANIUpdated: Wednesday, December 07, 2022, 02:53 PM IST
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DCGA grounds Flybig aircraft after fuel leakage incident at Patna airport | Twitter/ Raghavans007

New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) grounded the aircraft of Flybig airlines after a fuel leakage was reported at Patna airport on Tuesday.

A senior DGCA official informed that aircraft VT-TMC of Flybig airlines was scheduled to take off for Guwahati from Patna airport at 6.15 pm when fuel leakage was noticed during transit inspection.

He added that during the inspection, fuel running leaked from the top of the wing right-hand side between ribs four and five after refueling.

"Senior officers were informed about it and the aircraft has been grounded at Patna airport and will be able to fly only after our clearance. We are investigating the incident," he said.

According to reports, the aircraft was to carry around 66 passengers were supposed to fly out but could not due to the issue with fuel leakage.

The passengers were fuming because they were kept waiting after giving them boarding passes before they were informed of the technical issue; this also led to commotion, a report stated.

It further mentioned that some passengers were students flying to Guwhati to appear for examination.

A team of experts is currently looking into the matter and the airline staff are positive the engine will be fixed soon and are expecting the aircraft will take off today.

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