Passengers aboard an Indian Indigo Jet were evacuated Wednesday using emergency chutes after Air traffic controllers warned the Pilot about dense smoke as the plane landed at New Delhi Airport.
Some of the 147 people on the Airbus A-320 Flight sustained minor injuries during the emergency evacuation, said a statement from Indigo, India's leading private carrier.
"All the passengers were evacuated by the right-hand-side slide-chute and one left-hand-side slide chute in approximately 75 seconds," the budget Airline said.
"We confirm that all passengers and crew members are safe."
The plane was arriving in Delhi from Mumbai.
Air traffic controllers informed the Pilot about "dense smoke" as the Aircraft touched down, the Airline said, without giving details of the smoke's origin.
The Captain immediately ordered the Crew to evacuate all passengers.
Some local TV channels reported that the tyres of the plane had caught fire, but the Indigo statement said there had been " No Fire "
and this was not an Emergency or Priority Landing". Pan Pan
The scare comes after the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) stripped India of its top safety rating, citing a lack of safety oversight.
The FAA decision in January was based on an audit last year of the country's aviation regulator that found 31 issues of concern, including a shortage of well-trained inspectors to carry out safety checks.
Emergency alert was sounded at Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday evening after an IndiGo flight with 154 people on board caught fire during landing at the Airport's Terminal 1.
As many as 28 passenger suffered injuries in the fire.
"DIAL's emergency services responded promptly to the needs of IndiGo flight 6E-176. All assistance was provided to the passengers and the Airline," a DIAL Spokesperson said in a statement.
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The Aircraft was moved to the taxiway where all passengers were evacuated through emergency slide-chutes, an Airline spokesperson said, adding that "some of them suffered minor injuries during evacuation".
While one of the passengers suffered suspected fracture, the others had minor bruises, Airport sources said, adding in all 28 people were injured.
Aviation regulator DGCA and the Airline have begun probing the incident, as preliminary reports said the smoke was caused by heavy friction on the left brake assembly of the Aircraft's landing gear. The investigation would continue over the next few days, the sources said.
This is the second incident involving an IndiGo Aircraft in the recent past.
On March 8, an Indigo plane from Delhi with 182 people on board had caught fire after landing at Kathmandu Airport but no one was hurt. Then too, the fire was spotted on the plane's right brake assembly.
Maintaining that there was "no fire and this was not an emergency or priority landing", the spokesperson said the Aircraft made "a normal landing on runway 27 at 1535 hours".
As soon as the Captain got the information about the dense smoke observed from the ATC tower, he immediately ordered the crew to evacuate all passengers in the interest of safety. The evacuation was done on taxi way after safely landing the Aircraft," he said."We confirm that all passengers and crew members are safe and have been taken to the terminal building. Some of the passengers were given medical attention and taken care of.... They have all left for their homes already," he said.
The Airport operator Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL) said all assistance were provided to the passengers and the Airline.
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