Tuesday, September 04, 2018

GoAir flight faced second glitch, but pilots saved the day

The GoAir flight, which made an emergency landing at Kempe Gowda International airport on Saturday following engine problems, suffered a second technical failure as it was approaching the parking bay and had to be towed away with passengers on board, according to an eyewitness. The flight was heading to Pune on Saturday morning but had to return to KIA within 20 minutes of take-off.
Despite the twin snags and the scare, the 169 passengers on board unanimously applauded the stellar job performed by the two pilots on board. Flight G8-283 was piloted by Captain Deepesh Gracias and First Officer Sachin Kambli. Anil P Monteiro, Human Resources Director at the Bengaluru office of a Finland company and a frequent flyer out of KIA, relived his experience for The New Indian Express. “It was 5.50 am when the flight took off and by 6.10 am an announcement was made from the pilot’s cabin that a technical glitch had occurred and the flight was returning to Bengaluru.”

“The pilot also assured us that the problem would be quickly fixed and the flight would resume the journey,” Monteiro recalled. Occupying seat No 8, Monteiro said, “The flight then took a U-turn. I knew something was amiss as you could spot through the window that the rear of the flight had dropped slightly. I always notice this drooping happens only when landing.”
To add more the drama, the flight had a slightly bumpy landing at KIA, he recalled.  “And then as the aircraft was slowly approaching the designated parking bay, it developed some other technical problem and stopped 10 metres from its destination. The pilot made an announcement and a tow vehicle will be used to take the flight with passengers to the spot,” he recalled.
04/09/18 S Lalitha/New Indian Express
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