Sunday, May 19, 2019

Pilot errors behind Kolkata airport safety concerns?

Kolkata: Two apparent pilot errors within a span of 36 hours at Kolkata airport have triggered safety concerns. While the twin errors are being investigated, senior airport officials have called for more frequent interaction between pilots and air traffic control officers.

The first error occurred on Wednesday night when a SpiceJet Boeing B737-800 plane from Bengaluru that had just touched down exited the primary runway using taxiway R instead of taxiway C. According to sources, the pilot had been instructed to take taxiway C prior to landing as well as after touchdown but the plane still made the wrong turn.

Sources at the airport said there were grass-cutters working along the taxiway R at the time who were shocked to see the plane.

On Friday morning, yet another error occurred when a SpiceJet Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 aircraft that was to depart for Silchar went beyond the threshold point of taxiway B even an Air India Airbus A319 aircraft was waiting at the edge of the runway for takeoff. This plane, too, was heading for Silchar.

“The AI plane had to abort takeoff and exit the runway. The SpiceJet aircraft was then allowed to depart and only thereafter could the AI flight return to the runway and take off,” an official said.
19/05/19 Times of India
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