Delhi-based teens had boarded the GoAir flight and while the plane was in the air, their presence of mind saved around 193 lives, including three infants, as reported by Hindustan Times.
Thanks to the alertness of these two teens, many lives were saved in the Bangalore-bound GoAir flight. The teens spotted that the aircraft’s tail was erupting smoke.
They informed the Delhi Police Control Room about the smoke.
The control room alerted the flight attendant who was forced for the emergency landing at Delhi.
Deputy Commissioner of police, Sanjay Bhatia revealed:
“We immediately verified the caller and informed the agencies concerned following which the flight made the emergency landing at 7.47 pm on Runway 28.”
After the aircraft made an emergency landing, the passengers were evacuated and the fire brigade was kept ready, to deal with any untoward accident. It was found out that one of the engines had failed.
Saurabh Tandon, one of the passengers threw light on the harrowing ordeal:
“At least five to seven minutes after take-off, I heard people screaming about a fire. As I looked to my left, I noticed that the left engine had caught fire. The plane was flying at around 5,000-6,000 feet. The fire, which lasted for about 30 seconds, somehow went off, probably because the pilots switched off the engine.”
A 17-year-old Rohit Singh was sitting on the terrace with his cousin, Nitin when he saw the airplane flying over. He informed his father, who informed the police.
The police got to work and alerted the flight captain.
Thanks to the prompt action and teens presence of mind, the tragedy was averted.
DGCA is still enquiring the details of this incident.
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