Sunday March 5, 2017: Bangalore-Delhi bound SpiceJet flight SG 192 was redirected to make an emergency landing at Hyderabad due to an “extremely pungent” odour that filled the cockpit from the front lavatory. The airplane was thoroughly cleaned and ventilated before the pilots took off for Delhi after an hour’s delay. The culprit has not been identified and is still at large.
The 182 passengers and 4 infants were in for an hour’s wait at Hyderabad airport due to the unscheduled landing and maintenance. A spokesperson for SpiceJet has released a statement saying “Spicejet aircraft, operating flight SG 192 from Bengaluru to Delhi, had to be diverted to Hyderabad due very foul smell from forward lavatory coming into the cockpit”. The spokesperson however declined to comment on the source of the odour.
Also on Sunday, SpiceJet was directed to pay Rs.25,125 each to two persons – Sujata Choudhary and Sanjay Rahar – as a penalty for charging ‘transaction fees’ despite the Supreme Court order that has banned such charges and DGCA circular that notified all players of the same. The verdict was passed by the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) in favour of the two Rajasthan natives.
On Friday, a case was registered by one Mr. Karan Lalit Ambardar against 3 SpiceJet crew members, alleging that he had been harassed and assaulted when he requested food on board his flight. The sports anchor lodged an official complaint and FIR at the Airport Police Station against the offending SpiceJet employees – one flight attendant and two security personnel. The airline, however, has officially rejected the allegations and claims that the passenger is at fault for issuing threats to the accused employees and boasting of his media background and influence.