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How a good judgement call of 2 teens from Delhi saved 194 lives aboard an airplane

Quick thinking and vigilant actions lead to pronounced results. These words were infused with life after the actions of two teenage Boys, Rohti and Nitin, from New Delhi. They were nonchalantly sitting in their balcony when they spotted a GoAir flight with its tail on fire and a streak of smoke arousing out of it. The airplane was travelling from New Delhi to Bangalore with 194 passengers on board. Spotting the smoke, Rohit immediately called his father who contacted the Delhi Police Control Room who in turn informed the CISF personnel. CISF security personnel immediately conveyed the message to Airport Operations Control Centre (AOCC) and to the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Within seven minutes of take-off, the GoAir plane made an emergency landing. “G8-557 Delhi-Bengaluru flight made an emergency landing at Delhi airport at 19.53 hours due to technical reasons,” a statement by GoAir said.

Many appreciated the boys’ act of skillful thinking. Most of the people would not know whom to alert or what to do. Even the police didn’t waste any time and arrested the incident before it transformed to an accident which could have claimed hundreds of lives. Saurabh Tandon, a passenger who was on the flight, said to The Times of India that, “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,”
Deputy Commissioner of Police (airport) Sanjay Bhatia said that they received a call at 7.40 pm. “We immediately verified the caller and informed the agencies concerned following which the flight made the emergency landing at 7.47 pm on Runway 28,” he added.

The act by the boys is a classic example of thinking on one’s feet. Rohit and Nitin have set the benchmark for circumspection and mindfulness. This was indeed a good judgement CALL!


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