Terrified passengers ‘choke’ and ‘are told to pray’ as Indian flight fills with smoke, forcing an emergency landing
- The terrifying incident took place aboard a SpiceJet plane flying from Goa. flew
- Footage on board the flight showed the dark cabin filled with thick smoke
- Passengers said they struggled to breathe for 25 minutes during the flight
- Flight was forced to land, and then video showed ambulances on the runway
Terrified passengers say they were asphyxiated and reportedly had to start praying as an Indian plane cabin was full of smoke, forcing an emergency landing.
Footage from the flight showed thick smoke filling the cabin, with passengers afterwards saying they had struggled to breathe for 25 minutes.
The horrific incident took place aboard flight number SG 3735, a SpiceJet aircraft taking off from Goa, India.
Footage from the flight showed thick smoke filling the cabin (pictured), with passengers saying they were struggling to breathe 25 minutes before the emergency landing. The horrific incident took place aboard a SpiceJet plane taking off from Goa, India
One of the passengers, Vivek Vishal, claimed: ‘SpiceJet risks people’s lives. We were suffocating for 25 minutes and even oxygen masks didn’t work.
“Strict action must be taken against such a negligent airline.”
One clip shows a woman repeatedly yelling “Get up” as beeps follow from the smoke-filled plane.
While in complete darkness, she orders those on board to “bend over, stay” while using a dim torch to direct her requests.
In another clip, multiple ambulances are shown at the rainy scene, while a man can be seen on the phone.
Crew members wearing high-visibility jackets are signaled with wheelchairs on the runway side in preparation for assistance.
Pictured: Footage from the flight shows people in the cabin, seen through the thick smoke. While in complete darkness, a woman orders the people on board to “bend over, stay” as she uses a dimmed torch to direct her requests
At least 86 people were said to have been on board the plane, which had to make a full emergency landing due to the malfunction.
According to local reports, passengers were evacuated soon after landing in Hyderabad, India, where the pilot informed air traffic control of the incident.
Ground crews were reportedly asked to take all precautions to prevent further incidents.
It has been reported that the crew on board told passengers to ‘start praying’ because of the panic-inducing ordeal – but an airline spokesman has denied these claims.
Another passenger, Srikanth Mulupala, claimed: ‘The crew members told us to pray to God and pray for our families – it was humiliating.
“Many of my fellow passengers panicked and started screaming.”
Pictured: More images after the emergency landing show multiple ambulances on the heavy rain scene
One of the passengers, who has not been named, also claims that the crew snatched his phone and forced another passenger to delete all photos and footage of the incident.
SpiceJet claimed the smoke was due to the onboard air conditioning system and their crew handled the situation according to protocol.
However, another passenger, Anil P, claims that something went wrong in the bathroom: ‘We heard the crew talking in hushed tones after something happened and within another 20 minutes the smoke was all around us.
‘We felt like choking. However, the lights came on and the crew asked us not to leave our seats and to stop talking.’
The airline is already facing disciplinary action by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) over eight recent aircraft-related incidents.
Now, the DGCA has extended the 50 percent limit on SpiceJet flights.
MailOnline has contacted SpiceJet for comment.