Friday, August 04, 2017

Jet-Vistara 'near miss' at Delhi: Jet pilots ignored ATC alert over high speed, says a report

New Delhi: The pilots of a Delhi-bound Jet AirwaysBSE 3.58 % Boeing 737 involved in a "near miss" with a Vistara plane at Delhi airport in April may have risked the lives of passengers by trying to land at a speed that was too high, according a government committee report.

The landing was aborted, with the pilot opting for a go around and touching down in a subsequent attempt.

The speed of the plane 4.5 miles away from touchdown and at 2,000 feet was 310 knots compared with an ideal 250 knots at that distance, said the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) report, which was reviewed by ET. The aircraft's flaps couldn't be opened due to the high speed, it said.

The incident was reported on April 21, when Jet Airways flight 9W 597 sought to land at Indira Gandhi International Airport. As a result of the landing being aborted, the distance between it and Vistara flight UK 811, which had been okayed for takeoff, fell to less than 400 feet, triggering a warning in both cockpits to maintain a safe distance.

There were 148 passengers aboard the Vistara Airbus A320 plane bound for Bengaluru, while the Jet Airways Boeing 737 was arriving from Muscat with 174 people.
04/08/17 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times