Oxygen masks come down automatically on Singapore Airlines flight1 min read . Updated: 29 Sep 2016, 10:57 PM IST
Flight from Singapore to New Delhi was forced to turn around two hours after take-off; all passengers safe, says Singapore Airlines
New Delhi: Panic gripped 200-odd passengers on board a Singapore Airlines flight from Singapore to New Delhi’s IGI Airport on Thursday after oxygen masks automatically dropped down, forcing the pilot to make a U-turn and land back at Changi Airport two hours after taking off. All the passengers are safe and were flown out again, Singapore Airlines said.
A technical snag seems to have caused the sudden dropping of the oxygen masks, said people close to the development.
“It was very scary as the oxygen masks were deployed without any reason. They came down just after about two hours of being departed from Singapore. It seemed to have taken place because of some maintenance issue," Sanjay Upadyay, a passenger on the flight, told PTI over the phone.
Singapore Airlines confirmed the incident and said that the aircraft returned to Singapore without any incident. “Flight SQ406, an Airbus A380, operating from Singapore to New Delhi on 29 September, returned to Singapore after oxygen masks deployed during the aircraft’s climb. There was no depressurisation and initial indications are that there was a system fault," a Singapore Airlines spokesperson said in an email statement.
The aircraft arrived in Singapore without incident at 10.39pm Singapore time, it said, adding that following an aircraft change, the flight departed again at 00.30am on Friday Singapore time.