Pune: Go Air pilot’s alertness saved the lives of 141 passengers, including seven crew members on a Pune-Bengaluru flight. The flight G8-293 PNQ-BLR departed from Pune airport at 1.25 am on Friday. The airplane returned after 20 minutes, when the pilot found some technical problems.
According to an official at the Pune airport, “The flight took off from Pune airport at 1.25 am on Friday. We got information that the flight was returning. It landed safely, the passengers were also safe.”
At 1.45 pm, the aircraft landed safely. The passengers were asked to wait till the aircraft was attended to. This delayed the flight and passengers lost their cool. They had a heated exchange with the airport authorities.
“Everyone was sleeping, except a couple of persons. Some time after take-off, I suddenly felt jerks. After some time, an announcement was made that the plane would return to Pune airport.
They didn’t tell us the exact reason behind their decision. We were worried. It meant a lot of trouble for us as the airline officials did not give us satisfactory answers. I spent the entire Friday in the hotel room and left only in the evening,” Pranabnanda Das, one of the passengers, shared in a Facebook post.
A Go Air spokesperson said, “Flight G8-293 PNQ-BLR with 141 passengers returned to Pune due to a minor technical glitch after being airborne for 20 minutes early Friday morning. Post-landing, all passengers were taken care of and accommodated on alternative flights to BLR.
The glitch has been rectified and the aircraft is currently operational.”