DGCA has suspended IndiGo pilots after an aircraft suffered tailstrike during landing at Ahmedabad International Airport.
Tailstrike : IndiGo pilots suspended
On June 15, IndiGo Airbus A321neo registered as VT-IMW experienced a tailstrike during landing at Ahmedabad Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel International Airport. The aircraft was operating flight 6E 6595 from Bengaluru Kempegowda International Airport to Ahmedabad International Airport.
A tailstrike means the back of the aircraft comes in contact with the ground either during takeoff or landing due to high pitch.
Nobody got hurt in the incident. All passengers onboard the Airbus A321neo were safe.
DGCA takes action
Indian aviation watchdog, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on the next day of the incident issued show cause notices to both the pilots. After reading the reply to the show cause notice, DGCA has suspended the Pilot in Command (PIC) for 3 months and First Officer for 1 month.
In the statement, Directorate General of Civil Aviation said that it has examined the relevant facts stated in that reply of show cause notice issued. After examining, the license of Pilot In Command (PIC) has been suspended for a period of 3 months and co-pilot has been suspended for a period of 1 month for violation of Civil Aviation Requirements (CARs) and SOPs.
According to the aviation regulator, the pilots violated Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs).
When the incident happened, IndiGo issued a statement. It said that, “During landing at Ahmedabad International Airport, IndiGo flight 6E6595 from Bengaluru experienced a tail strike. The aircraft has been declared as “Aircraft On Ground” for checks and repairs. Investigation is underway by relevant authorities.”
A tailstrike can cause a lot of damage to the aircraft. Since June 15, the aircraft has not flown for a single time. It is grounded at Ahmedabad Airport.
In January, an IndiGo Airbus A321neo suffered tailstrike at Kolkata Airport. They recovered it after a whopping 72 days.
Source Credits : Business Today