SpiceJet’s Delhi to Darbhanga flight passengers endure over an hour of waiting without AC amid severe heatwave | Watch

Passengers on a SpiceJet flight from Delhi to Darbhanga suffered in 40-degree heat as the air conditioning was off for an hour before takeoff. SpiceJet had not addressed the issue as of reporting.

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Updated19 Jun 2024, 05:17 PM IST
Passengers inside the Darbhanga-bound Spicejet plane were left fending for themselves in an enclosed vehicle even as severe heatwaves grips northern India amid a stall in monsoon advance
Passengers inside the Darbhanga-bound Spicejet plane were left fending for themselves in an enclosed vehicle even as severe heatwaves grips northern India amid a stall in monsoon advance

SpiceJet reportedly kept the in-flight air conditioners switched off in a Darbhanga-bound airplane recently from Delhi airport. This left passengers to cope with extreme heat amid a ‘severe’ heatwave as the aircraft turned into a hot box. 

A video posted on X (Twitter) showed people panting and sweating profusely in the packed airplane. In the video, passengers can be seen using leaflets to fan themselves and repeatedly checking the air-conditioner vent above their seats inside the Delhi-Darbhanga SpiceJet flight SG-476.

One of the passengers told news agency ANI, “I was travelling from Delhi to Darbhanga (SG 476) from SpiceJet. At the Delhi airport, after the check-in, they did not switch on the air-conditioning (AC) for an hour. The temperature inside (flight) was 40 degrees. The passengers were suffering. The air-conditioner (AC) was switched on when the flight took off.”

Spicejet later issued a clarification on the situation, and denied that the AC was switched off.

“SpiceJet flight SG 476 from Delhi to Darbhanga on June 19, scheduled to depart at 11 am, departed on time without any delays. The air conditioning was working normally throughout the flight, which was verified and cross-checked upon arrival in Darbhanga. The same aircraft operated the return flight to Delhi, and there were no issues with the air conditioning on the return flight either”, a Spicejet spokesperson said.

The airline said that there was an initial glitch in the functioning of the air conditioner due to ‘extreme weather’. 

“During boarding in Delhi, the air conditioning initially experienced slight inefficiency due to extreme weather conditions and both doors of the aircraft being open, as boarding was not via the aerobridge. The doors were promptly closed after boarding completion, and the cooling functioned normally thereafter”, the spokesperson added. 

According to the Indian Meteorological Department (IMD), Delhi recorded its warmest night in 12 years on Wednesday, with the minimum temperature at 35.2°C, more than eight degrees above the seasonal average.

Delhi may experience some relief from extreme heatwaves starting Wednesday.

The IMD has forecast that heatwave to severe heatwave conditions would persist across much of North India on Wednesday, gradually easing as a western disturbance approaches northwest India.

According to the IMD, heatwave conditions prevailed in most parts of Punjab, Haryana-Chandigarh, Delhi, and Uttar Pradesh, and in some parts of Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and north Madhya Pradesh.

Maximum temperatures ranged from 44 to 46 degrees Celsius in many parts of Punjab, Haryana, Chandigarh, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and some parts of north Madhya Pradesh, south Bihar and north Rajasthan.

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First Published:19 Jun 2024, 05:17 PM IST
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