Airline officials say it is a minor technical problem
l Tashi Wangmo, Thimphu
Around 20 air-passengers were injured while trying to escape after a smoke billowed out of the auxiliary power unit (APU) of a Bhutan Airlines aircraft soon before its take-off from the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport (NSCBIA) in Kolkata, India. The incident occurred at around 12.35 PM on September 9, 2017.
According to the Assistant Traffic Officer of Bhutan Airlines, Monbir Tamang, the smokes gushed out due to some minor misconnections of wires in the APU. “Apart from this problem, no major mechanical glitches have been reported so far,” he said.
He mentioned that some passengers sustained minor bruises, cuts, rash and wounds while trying to rush out of the aircraft in panic.
“Soon after receiving the information, we sent our second aircraft to ferry the passengers to their destination,” said Monbir, adding that the aircraft was en-route to Bangkok from Paro with 46 passengers.
Meanwhile, officials from Bhutan Airlines said that the aircraft will be unable to take flights for the next two-three weeks. “The aircraft will be repaired in Kolkata and it will be done soon,” said Monbir.
This is the first time that Bhutan Airlines faced a technical problem since operation.