Jammu bound flight lands at Amritsar after ‘turbulence’

Excelsior Correspondent
JAMMU, May 24: Caught in bad weather, followed by massive “turbulence” in the sky over Jammu due to strong wind and thunderstorm on Friday evening, an Indigo flight later landed at Amritsar airport.

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Reports said that Jammu bound Indigo flight No. 6E 2184 had to take off from Delhi airport at 5.30 pm on Friday, however, the flight was delayed by an hour due to bad weather in Jammu region. When the flight was about to land at Jammu airport, the aircraft was caught in dark clouds and thunderstorm with frequent lightning, followed by severe ‘turbulence’.
There was massive hue and cry in the aircraft and the women and children started crying for the safety. Some passengers stood up and started moving here and there in panic. But the flight crew members issued safety warnings. The pilot, however, managed to control the aircraft and it remained hovering over Jammu skies for over half an hour for landing. But the air-traffic control unit at the Jammu airport directed the pilot to divert the flight to Amritsar.
One of the passengers on board from Jammu, Th Balwan Singh said that over 180 passengers had miraculous escape after the flight was caught in bad weather over Jammu and developed severe ‘turbulence’. He said there was massive uproar in the aircraft and many passengers started crying in panic. He said the flight then landed at Amritsar airport at around 8.30 pm. The pilot asked the passengers to remain seated as he will fly again to Jammu but the terrorized and shocked passengers preferred to board off the plane, after having heated arguments with the crew members. Many of them left for Jammu by road.
A senior Airport officer at Jammu when contacted said that Delhi-Jammu Indigo flight could not land at Satwari airport this evening due to bad weather and was diverted to Amritsar.