SpiceJet’s Dubai-Madurai flight delayed for the ninth time in 24 days due to a broken nose wheel.


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The nose wheel of the Boeing B737 Max aircraft malfunctioned, causing SpiceJet’s flight from Dubai to Madurai to be delayed on Monday, according to officials with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. The incident on Monday is at least the ninth technical failure in a SpiceJet aircraft in the previous 24 days.

Following eight instances of technical issues in SpiceJet’s aircraft since June 19, the DGCA sent a show-cause notice to the airline on July 6. The oversight body for aviation claimed that the low-cost carrier had “failed” to set up reliable, efficient, and safe air services.

The Mangaluru-Dubai flight was operated on Monday by a Boeing B737 Max with the registration number VT-SZK, according to DGCA officials. An engineer performed a walk-around inspection after the aircraft touched down, and they discovered the nose wheel strut was compressed more than usual.

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