A fire at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI) on Friday morning forced at least two flights to abort landing at the last minute, reported news agency PTI while quoting officials. As per the report, this fire took place near one of the runways at the Indira Gandhi International Airport today. The incident happened around 11 am in the morning when a patch of grass near runway 27 caught fire this morning. Sources present at the spot told PTI that it was a minor fire which lasted only for a few minutes.
However, this fire was enough to force two flights to abort their landing. Vistara’s UK 970 arriving from Mumbai and another Air India plane had to do a go-around because of the fire, officials at the airport said. A go-around is when a pilot aborts landing at the last minute, circles the airport and prepares for another approach. There were no comments from airport sources on whether fire engines had to be deployed to douse the fire.
In 2012, a major fire had broken out in the cargo section of Indira Gandhi International Airport causing damage to property worth crores but no one was injured in the incident. Back then, the human resource department of Celebi, the ground handling services company which manages cargo operations at IGI airport had caught the fire.
The first floor of the cargo building that houses the offices of 10 airlines and the HR department of Celebi, was completely gutted. It had taken 33 fire tenders over 4 hours to bring the fire under control. The maintenance staff initially tried to douse the flames with the firefighting arrangements at the cargo complex but failed to contain the fire, PTI had reported. Named after Indira Gandhi, a former Prime Minister of India, it is the busiest airport in India in terms of passenger traffic since 2009.