New Delhi: Two passengers of a SpiceJet flight that encountered severe turbulence while landing have been admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) in Durgapur hospitals, the Director General of Civil Aviation said on Monday. The flight operating between Mumbai and Durgapur in West Bengal faced turbulence during descent due to a storm, in which several passengers were injured. The aviation regulator is probing the incident.
“Two of the passengers are in ICU at Durgapur. One of the passenger is admitted in Diamond hospital suffering from head injury and other passenger is in mission hospital with spinal injury,” said a note from the Director General of Civil Aviation released today.
As many as 40 passengers on the flight from Mumbai to Durgapur were injured, of which around 14 passengers were severely injured. The condition of 12 passengers is stable, while 2 are still admitted to the ICU.
The DGCA has off rostered the involved cabin crew, the aircraft maintenance engineer (AME) who released the aircraft from Durgapur and in-charge of the Maintenance Control Center of SpiceJet, said a DGCA official.
The flight was stuck in a storm while it was about to land at Durgapur airport. “The flight was about to land at Durgapur airport when the aircraft began to hobble as the flight experienced massive turbulence following extreme bad weather. Few passengers were severely injured during this major mid-air turbulence,” ANI had quoted a passenger Akbar Ansari as saying.