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SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX diverts to Mumbai due to reported engine problem

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On December 9, 2021, a SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft was diverted to Mumbai, India, due to a reported engine malfunction.

The SpiceJet Boeing 737 MAX aircraft, registered as VT-MXX, was flying between Mumbai and Kolkata on domestic flight SG467.

According to Flightradar24.com, the plane took off from Mumbai Airport (BOM) at 6:55 p.m. (UTC) and was scheduled to land at Kolkata Airport (CCU) a few hours later. The plane, however, was forced to return to Mumbai 15 minutes after taking off.

SpiceJet has yet to reveal the possible cause of the incident. The second engine on the Boeing 737 MAX 8 suffered a technical issue, according to local media. The flight crew turned off the engine and returned the plane to the departure airport. The plane landed successfully with no more problems.

Pilots cut off the engine once the oil filter bypass signal went up, according to Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Chief Arun Kumar. At the time, the jet was flying at cruise altitude.

The event does not appear to be related to the Boeing 737 MAX’s earlier problems, which resulted in the plane’s worldwide grounding in 2019.

The Manoeuvring Characteristics Augmentation System, or MCAS, was previously identified as the primary cause of two deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia in 2018 and 2019.

The Boeing 737 MAX was grounded in India in March 2019 and will not be able to fly again until August 2021. SpiceJet, the country’s lone MAX operator, began flying the aircraft again in late November 2021. According to Planespotters.com, the airline now has 13 Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in its fleet.

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