According to SpiceJet spokesperson, the smoke was detected when the aircraft was flying at a height of 5000 feet.
The spokesperson said, "On July 2, 2022, SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was operating SG-2962 (Delhi-Jabalpur). While passing 5000ft, the crew noticed smoke in the cabin. The pilots decided to return back to Delhi. Aircraft landed safely at Delhi and passengers were safely disembarked.”
The SG-2862 flight which took off from Delhi at 6:15 am for Jabalpur in Madhya Pradesh landed back at 7 am at the Delhi airport. The flight landed safely and deboarded all passengers.
This is the second incident in a month when a SpiceJet flight returned to its starting point due to a technical issue. Earlier on June 19, a New Delhi-bound SpiceJet flight returned to Patna after it was caught fire-mid air. The private airliner had released a statement saying the plane was hit by a bird.
On June 25, SpiceJet Q400 aircraft was operating flight SG-3724, PAT - GAU.
During the takeoff roll, the Fuselage door warning light was illuminated. Subsequently, the take-off was rejected and the aircraft returned to the bay.