Teens spot fire on Bengaluru bound GoAir flight, alert saves 194 lives

Rohit, a Class XII student, said he was unable to discern what he had seen, so he called out to his father, who without wasting any time, called up the Delhi Police.

Teens spot fire on Bengaluru bound GoAir flight, alert saves 194 lives

A massive disaster was averted at Delhi’s IGI airport, thanks to the alertness of two teenagers of Goyla Dairy village in southwest Delhi’s Dwarka who saved the lives of 194 people onboard a Bengaluru-bound GoAir flight on Wednesday, after they spotted fire and smoke from the tail of the aircraft and alerted the Delhi Police Control Room.

The flight captain was also alerted of the fire and was asked to return to the runway.


The incident came to light when the CISF Control Room at Terminal 1D received a call from the police control room. The call mentioned two locals spotting the engine of a GoAir aircraft on fire. The flight was flying over Ghoyla Dairy area near Dwarka in south-west Delhi.

Rohit Singh (17) was sitting on his terrace, along with his cousin Nitin, when they saw an airplane fly over. The boys were stunned when they saw the tail of the airplane on fire.

Rohit, a Class XII student, said he was unable to discern what he had seen, so he called out to his father, who without wasting any time, called up the Delhi Police.

The pilot also informed the emergency room that he too detected engine failure and immediately called for help and sought permission to make an emergency landing. As soon as the incident was reported, a full emergency was declared providing the aircraft of an emergency landing.

Saurabh Tandon, who was on the flight, told The Indian Express, “At least five to seven minutes after take-off, I heard people screaming about a fire. As I looked to my left, I noticed that the left engine had caught fire. The plane was flying at around 5,000-6,000 feet. The fire, which lasted for about 30 seconds, somehow went off, probably because the pilots switched off the engine."