India's New Delhi-Dubai flight diverted to Karachi after malfunction

NEW DELHI, July 5 (Xinhua) -- An aircraft flying from the Indian capital New Delhi to Dubai was diverted to Karachi airport in Pakistan on Tuesday due to a malfunctioning indicator light, airline officials said.

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According to the airline, the Boeing 737 Max plane landed in Karachi and all the passengers were safely disembarked.

"On July 5, 2022, SpiceJet B737 aircraft operating flight SG-11 (Delhi-Dubai) was diverted to Karachi due to an indicator light malfunctioning," a statement issued by the private airline said.

"No emergency was declared and the aircraft made a normal landing. There was no earlier report of any malfunction with the aircraft. Passengers have been served refreshments."

Reports said the flight was carrying 150 passengers.

The airline said a replacement aircraft will be sent to Karachi which will take passengers to their destination.

"A replacement aircraft is being sent to Karachi that will take the passengers to Dubai," the airline said.

Local media reported India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement that the crew observed an unusual reduction in fuel quantity from the left tank of the aircraft while it was mid-air. It said the crew carried out the relevant non-normal checklist as well after the finding.

"However, fuel quantity kept decreasing. Aircraft diverted to Karachi in coordination with ATC. During post-flight inspection, no visual leak was observed from left main tank," the DGCA was quoted as having said.

This is the third incident where SpiceJet aircraft developed technical difficulties since June while they were mid-air.

On July 2, a SpiceJet flight heading to Jabalpur returned to New Delhi after smoke filled up its cabin at around 5,000 feet altitude.

On June 19, a SpiceJet aircraft carrying 185 passengers made an emergency landing immediately after takeoff as its left engine caught fire following bird hit in the eastern Indian state of Bihar.