A SpiceJet flight from Patna to Delhi made an emergency landing on Sunday morning after the engine of the plane caught fire minutes after taking off. All 180 passengers on board the plane were reported to be safe. 

“A Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight returned to Patna airport after engine issues in the aircraft,” an airport official said, News 18 reported. 

Directorate General of Civil Aviation said in a statement that one engine shut mid-air after a bird hit. The plane safely landed in Patna. 

“The Delhi-bound flight had returned to Patna airport after locals noticed a fire in the aircraft and informed district and airport officials. All 185 passengers were safely deboarded. Reason for the fire is a technical glitch. The engineering team is analysing,” said Chandrashekhar Singh, DM Patna, Bihar.

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Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi took to social media to say that this was playing with the lives of passengers.

“Repeatedly been raising this with the minister, with the aviation secretary. Don’t know when they will rise to the occasion and avoid a major mishap waiting to happen,” Chaturvedi tweeted. 

Meanwhile, an alternate flight is being arranged by SpiceJet airlines to fly the passengers to the destination. 

This is a developing story