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An Indian domestic flight made an emergency landing in New Delhi on Saturday after the cabin was filled with smoke shortly after takeoff for the central city of Jabalpur, the airline said.
Passengers on board the flight, operated by commercial airline SpiceJet, were evacuated safely as soon as the plane returned to Delhi airport.
“While passing 5,000 feet, the crew noticed smoke in the cabin,” the airline said on Twitter.
Video purporting to show the smoke-filled cabin quickly went viral on social media after the incident.
No-frills airline SpiceJet has been in the news in recent months, with another flight having to make an emergency landing last month after its left engine caught fire, and aviation authorities cracked down on the company over flawed training practices.
The airline did not disclose how many passengers were on Saturday’s flight, but said the plane landed “safely” and “an alternate flight was arranged immediately” for travelers.
In June, a SpiceJet flight bound for New Delhi with 185 passengers on board made an emergency landing in the eastern Indian city of Patna after an engine caught fire.
In May, hundreds of passengers were stranded on their planes after the low-cost airline canceled or delayed flights over an “attempted ransomware attack”.
That same month, Indian aviation authorities fined the airline one million Indian rupees (about $12,830) for training its Boeing 737 MAX pilots on a malfunctioning simulator.
Authorities have barred 90 SpiceJet pilots from flying that plane because they were not properly trained, according to local media.