An IndiGo flight from Hyderabad to Dubai had to be diverted to Mumbai after the pilots realized that the ground staff hadn’t refueled the plane fully.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which is probing the incident, said that as against a requirement of 13 tonnes of fuel for the sector, the aircraft was carrying only 12 tonnes.
“The pilots were under the impression that the aircraft had 13 tonnes of fuel. It was only after take-off they realized it was carrying 12 tonnes of fuel. They then decided to divert to Mumbai,” said a DGCA official.
“Fuel on board IndiGo flight 6E 026 on April 26 from Hyderabad to Dubai met the necessary DGCA requirement but was less than the company requirement. This was detected by the pilot after starting the cruise. As the aircraft was crossing Mumbai, pilot decided to divert to Mumbai for precautionary reasons. Matter is being investigated by the DGCA office along with the flight safety department of IndiGo. Passenger safety is of utmost importance to IndiGo and there is absolutely no compromise towards safety,” an IndiGo spokesperson said.