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Flyer reports “fuel leak”, turns out to be rainwater on spoiler | India News

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NEW DELHI: A fuel leak reported by a passenger on an IndiGo jet taxiing to operate from Chennai to Coimbatore on Friday forced the Airbus A320 back into the bay.
Subsequent checks on the aircraft showed that it was not a fuel leak, but rather water that had accumulated in the spoiler area after heavy rains in Chennai. The false alarm occurred on an Airbus A320 (VT-IKC) as it proceeded to operate on 6E-238.
“A land turn was carried out back to the bay for inspections. The aircraft was checked and everything (quantity and levels of fuel and hydraulics) was fine ”, said the sources.
In fact, the passenger had sighted water gushing out of the wing skirt area when the plane began to taxi for take off. Water had accumulated there due to heavy rains in Chennai, the sources said.
An IndiGo spokesperson said: “Airbus operating 6E-238 from Chennai to Coimbatore returned to the bay after the taxi. During taxiing, a fluid leak was observed on the right wing. The pilot returned to the parking lot for inspections. Accumulated rainwater was observed to drip off the wing’s surface. The aircraft was released for flight after inspections. ”

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