Indigo Flight makes emergency landing in Nagpur

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  1. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    An Indigo flight today on its way from Hyderabad to New Delhi, made an emergency landing in Nagpur, following an in-flight shut down of one of its engines.

    The news people are hyping it up as usual as a 'close shave' and 'raising questions on the standards of safety being maintained in India'

    Seriously?

    According to initial reports the Pilot observed unusually high vibrations in one engine, and shut it down as a precaution ( Which is SOP, Standard operating procedure ).

    Any and nearly all Twin engined commercial aircrafts today are designed for ETOPS. ( Stands for Extended Time of Operation on Single Engine ).

    One of the crucial reasons why the Boeing 777 has been given trans Atlantic/ trans Pacific operations allowance is because of this. It has a ETOPS rating of 180 minutes, or 3 hours on single engine.

    Similarly for the A320, it has a ETOPS of 1 hour or more ( need to check ).

    However what the Pilot did was correct. Since there was a destination to divert to nearby, he did the sensible thing to land the aircraft.

    However this is no way raises question about safety. Something could have been ingested by the engine that caused the excessive vibrations.

    In-flight Shut downs happen, and unless during landing or take off, or in bad weather, can be handled like a routine problem.

    I just dint like the way the media was simply hyping up all this.

    Air Travel is safe, why? because its been trial and error for a whole century now, and a lot of lessons have been learnt.

    An old, badly maintained aircraft has the same chance of crashing as a badly piloted one. In fact not to bash pilots, but most accidents are due Pilot error.

    A lot of factors go into play with human error, so its not always the Pilot by himself/herself responsible.

    Peace.
     
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    dbg RAID Staff Staff Member

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    they land safely with one Engine too .. cool ..


    Damn , this is scaryyy .. I take Indigo on that route :(

    Was it the A320 ?
     
  3. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    Aircrafts can land without engines operating as well. And the A320 has triple redundancy. Even if both engines fail, the APU can provide power to operate the control surfaces.

    Even if the APU fails, there is a small RAT ( Ram Air Turbine ) which pops out from the underbelly of the A320, and can provide basic electrical and minimual hydraulic power for the aircraft to be flown.

    Its a concern, but not so worrisome that the news/media has hyped it up to be.
     
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    rpm Lizard king Staff Member

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    well, rat is quite limited. anyway, media needs hot news.

    doesn't indigo have, like, the newest fleet out there? could be a very normal wear and tear problem.
     
  5. JD666

    JD666 RAID Leader Staff Member

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    ^^ yes, average age less than 4 years. All brand new fleet. It could be a minor issue.
     

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