Clarifying its stand on the issue of its flight, with Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee on Board, IndiGo Airlines said that the aircraft was never low on fuel.
The Airlines clarified that the emergency landing was declared due to ‘misinterpretation by the ATC’.
“The pilot operating 6E-342 had advised the ATC that he has 8 mins of extra holding fuel over Kolkata (Destination) before commencing diversion to the planned alternate,” the airline said in a statement.
“However, this information was misunderstood by the Air Traffic Controller who assumed that the aircraft had only 8 mins of total fuel left,’’ the airlines statement said.
“The misinterpretation of the information by ATC controller led ATC to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport. We would like to clarify – IndiGo Captain at no stage declared a fuel priority or an emergency,” said the statement.
Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress members on Thursday raised this issue in Parliament. They said that the aircraft Bengal CM was flying in between Patna and Kolkata was low on fuel and made an emergency landing.