2 GoAir Planes Develop Technical Glitch Mid-Air, Forced to Return at Delhi Airport
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New Delhi, October 21: Passengers on the Delhi-Male and Delhi-Goa flight of GoAir faced major inconvenience on Saturday, as both the planes were forced to return midway after developing a technical snag shortly after takeoff. The budget carrier has issued a note of apology.

Both the A320Neo plane used by the airline are powered by the Pratt & Whitney engines. While the Male-bound flight, number G8 174, left for the destination after one of the "faulty" components was replaced, passengers on the Goa-bound flight (G8 285) were asked to shift in another aircraft. IndiGo To Launch Flight Services to Male, Phuket From India, After GoAir Announced Expansion in Same Route.

"GoAir's Goa-Delhi flight G8 285 made a precautionary landing (yesterday) due to a faulty indication on cargo hold. GoAir sincerely regrets inconvenience caused to its passengers. GoAir is committed to highest degree of safety of its passengers and its own crew members and the crew," said the statement issued by GoAir on Sunday.

On the glitch involving the Male-bound flight, the carrier said, "GoAir Flight G8 174 from Delhi to Male suffered a technical glitch (yesterday). As per standard operating procedure, the captain decided to return to Delhi. Post landing, the glitch was identified and rectified by changing a component. The aircraft is currently operational."

GoAir is one of the prominent private flyers, launched back in 2011. The airline made its forays into the aviation market by offering inexpensive fares -- which earned it the tag of "budget carrier".