A scheduled IndiGo flight destined for Guwahati found itself rerouted to Dhaka, Bangladesh, on Saturday due to adverse weather conditions affecting its landing in Guwahati.
The flight (6E 5319), originally en route from Mumbai to Guwahati, faced complications and was forced to alter its course, causing frustration among the passengers who were stranded in the aircraft for several hours.
Reports indicate that the flight attempted an alternate landing in Kolkata, West Bengal, but faced similar challenges due to the inclement weather. Adding to the complexity, the Bhubaneswar Airport runway, another potential alternative, was closed at the time.
In response to the incident, IndiGo issued a statement, explaining that the diversion to Dhaka was a result of unfavorable weather conditions in Guwahati. The airline mentioned operational reasons for arranging a new set of crew members to operate the flight from Dhaka to Guwahati. Passengers were kept informed of the situation and provided with refreshments on board. The statement expressed sincere regret for the inconvenience caused.
Following the diversion, passengers took to social media to express their dissatisfaction. One frustrated traveler shared, “Stuck inside the aircraft with 178 passengers for 9 hours now, flying 6E 5319 from Mumbai to Guwahati. We made a landing in Dhaka around 4:00 am because of lower visibility in the North East.” He emphasized the long wait for another crew and requested expedited assistance.