IndiGo coach window shatters from jet blast, 5 hurt

IndiGo coach window shatters from jet blast, 5 hurt

IndiGo coach window shatters from jet blast,  5 hurt

Five people suffered minor injuries when the glass of an IndiGo bus shattered reportedly due to blast of air from an approaching SpiceJet flight at Delhi airport on Friday evening.

However, both private carriers  — IndiGo and SpiceJet — differed in their versions of the incident, prompting the Delhi Police to register a case for investigation.

IndiGo spokesperson said the incident took place on Friday evening when the right front window of the coach broke from the impact of the blast of air from the SpiceJet aircraft.

But SpiceJet said it was “too early to say if (the) incident (was) caused by outside object/jet blast of aircraft/bus violated vehicular movement lane/any other reason.”

IndiGo said in a statement that: “IndiGo Coach number 34 was parked at Bay 17 yesterday (Friday) at 1650 hours for boarding of passengers on flight 6E-191 en route Delhi-Mumbai. At the same time, an arriving aircraft of SpiceJet SG-253 took a turn to park at the allocated bay. The jet blast from the aircraft broke the right front window glass of the coach.”

It said the injured passengers were immediately rushed to the airport clinic.  The matter is being probed by aviation watchdog Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

The airline added that two of the injured passengers decided to continue their journey after receiving medical aid.

SpiceJet, however, said its plane was “following ATC instructions and taxiing after landing at Delhi”. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Airport) Sanjay Bhatia told reporters, “We are registering an FIR under Section 337 of the IPC to investigate who is at fault in the incident.” “We haven’t received any complaint in the matter, but since the incident has come to our notice, we have taken appropriate action,” he said.

What is Jet blast?

Jet blast is rapid air movement produced by the jet engines of the aircraft on or before takeoff or while taxiing at fairly good speed after landing.

It can be hazardous to people or other unsecured objects behind the aircraft, and is capable of destroying vehicles. Normally, air and ground crew exercise great caution when an aircraft is making manoeuvres.

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