An Air India Boeing 787 Dreamliner has been accused by the Air Traffic Control Department of Goa Airport of not obeying their instructions. The incident has been reported as a violation by the captain.
Air India Boeing 787 Unwanted Diversion
The incident occurred on November 1, 2023. Air India Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered as VT-ANQ was operating Air India flight AI 146 from London Gatwick International Airport (LGW) to Goa Manohar Parrikar International Airport (GOX). The aircraft safely landed at Goa Airport. The parts of the flight from takeoff to landing were uneventful.
During the taxi-in procedure, the pilots made a big mistake. Taxi-In is the period in which an aircraft heads towards the terminal, apron, or parking bay after landing.
On November 1, the captain was asked to head to the terminal area via Taxiway A-2. But the captain either misunderstood or due to communication issues, took a wrong turn and headed towards A-3. The aircraft deviated despite specific instructions from the Air Traffic Control Tower.
The Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner can be steered on the ground using a tiller in the cockpit. Unlike the Boeing 737 series, the tiller is available to both Captain and First Officer. This means that both of them can steer the aircraft on the ground. One pilots steer the aircraft and the other one handles communications and checklists.
Complaint Filed Against the Pilot
Due to this unauthorized deviation, the Air Traffic Control Department has filed a complaint against the Pilot in Command. The pilot commanding this flight was Captain Rishi Kumar Sharma. He is accused of deviating from assigned taxiway A2 to A3 during the taxi-in procedure.
A complaint has been filed against the Captain. The incident has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). In the complaint, the ATC official draws attention to the possible risk of collisions or accidents associated with this incident. Now, DGCA will conduct a thorough investigation and will see if these allegations are accurate and other additional factors.
Not The First Time
The investigation of DGCA is pending. Hence, we should not come to early conclusions. But this is not the first time that Air India has broken the rules. Last year, there were three major instances where pilots invited their friends into the cockpit breaking the sterile cockpit rule by letting an unauthorized person entering into the cockpit.
Such deviations can be dangerous. Recently, we have witnessed a tragic incident in which a Japan Airlines Airbus A350 registered as JA13XJ collided with a De Havilland Canada Dash 8 aircraft belonging to the Japanese Coast Guard. The incident occurred at Tokyo Haneda Airport during the Airbus A350 touchdown. Five people on board the Q300 lost their lives. Fortunately, there was no loss of human lives on the Airbus A350. But two animals in the aircraft belly could not be saved.
Source: Zee News