Two teens are credited with saving nearly 200 lives after spotting a fire in the tail of a GoAir flight that had flown over them.
The aircraft was carrying 194 passengers and had to make an emergency landing at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after they were notified about the fire, Mashable reports.
Rohit Singh and his cousin, Nitin, of Dwarka, Delhi, noticed the fire and smoke coming from the plane flying overhead as they sat together on a terrace Wednesday night.
The cousins immediately alerted the authorities. Once Sanjay Bhatia, the deputy commissioner of police, confirmed the call, the flight was instructed to make the emergency landing.
"After receiving the call from Delhi Police, CISF security personnel immediately conveyed the message to Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) and to the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Within minutes, the GoAir flight, which took off at 7.28 pm from the IGI airport, was identified,” Indian Express reports.
The airline initially cited “technical reasons” for the landing without offering further details on the fire. An aircraft maintenance engineer's license has been suspended as an investigation into the incident is underway.
“At least five to seven minutes after takeoff, I heard people screaming about a fire,” said passenger Saurabh Tandon. “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.”
It was confirmed after the landing that all the passengers and crew were safe. Luckily for GoAir, Rohit and Nitin were paying close enough attention to spot the flames. These teens are nothing short of heroes.
Let’s hope in addition to getting down to the bottom of what caused the fire, the airline officials offer some reward or recognition to these quick-thinking boys.
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