New Delhi: DGCA chief S N A Zaidi had to
cancel his trip to Bangalore today after a fire-alarm went off
in a SpiceJet aircraft, leading it to be declared
unserviceable for the flight.
The fire alarm went off during the pre-flight check by
the pilot, after all the 150 passengers, including Zaidi, had
boarded the Boeing 737-800 of SpiceJet`s SG-501 Delhi-
Bangalore flight, airport sources said.
While the aircraft was checked at night and declared
fit to fly, the alarm buzzed when the pilot was conducting
pre-flights check before the scheduled departure at 6.40 am.
"During the checks, cargo fire alarm module (unit)
failed and it went off. As a matter of caution the plane was
declared unserviceable and passengers were shifted to another
aircraft," an airline spokesperson said.
Zaidi, who was to attend a conference of the
Aeronautical Society of India in Bangalore, was not available
for comments. Sources said he cancelled his journey.
The defective module was later replaced and the
aircraft is now serviceable, the spokesperson added.