After 2 Failed Attempts At Landing, IndiGo Changes Pilot On Lucknow-Mumbai Flight

by Tooba Shaikh
After 2 Failed Attempts At Landing, IndiGo Changes Pilot On Lucknow-Mumbai Flight

The weather in Mumbai is finally starting to change and it seems that monsoon is finally here. To make matters worse for pilots, cyclone Biparjoy is worsening the weather conditions around the western coast. All of these factors culminated in the poor landing of an IndiGo flight. The passengers were very peeved at the procession of events. This particular flight was headed to the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport (CSMIA) in Mumbai from Lucknow.

IndiGo Lucknow-Mumbai Flight Diverted To Udaipur

This particular flight, 6E 2441, took off from Lucknow airport around 11:10 AM. It was scheduled to land at the Mumbai airport around 1:15 PM. However, the landing couldn’t be successfully completed. According to the passengers on the flight, the plane circled around the airport in Mumbai twice.

It even touched down once but then took off again. The flight then headed towards the airport in Udaipur and landed there. The passengers were incredibly peeved at this development and called for a change of pilot. They even refused to fly with the pilot again.

After almost three hours, the airline agreed to change the pilot and the flight landed safely back in Mumbai around 8 PM. Many passengers took to Twitter and expressed their frustration. Some even mentioned that the landing in Udaipur was quite rough.

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Airline Regrets Inconvenience; Says Pilot Was Fatigued

IndiGo flight
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Seeing the annoyance of the passengers, an airline spokesperson mentioned that the reason that such an unfortunate series of events took place was because of the weather conditions. Owing to the cyclone, the weather along the western coast wasn’t suitable for landing.

Hence, the pilot made the decision to land at the Udaipur airport. The spokesperson also mentioned that the pilot, after landing at the Udaipur airport, was fatigued. That’s why the airline authorised a change of the pilot.

According to an article recently published by the Hindustan Times, while attempting to land in Mumbai, the flight descended 7,000 ft. before diverting to Udaipur.

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