Tuesday, July 02, 2019

Engineers retrieve AI plane skidded off taxiway in M’luru

Mangaluru: A day after an Air India Express Boeing 737-300 veered off the taxiway to an unpaved portion and its nose got stuck in the grass, thereby affecting operations at Mangaluru International Airport for nearly 2 hours from 5.45pm, normal operations resumed at the airport on Monday. The engineers from Air India Express retrieved the aircraft and towed it to a remote part of the airport apron sometime between 3.30pm and 4pm.
V V Rao, airport director, MIA, told TOI that the Airports Authority of India provided assistance to AIE engineers to retrieve the aircraft that got stuck in the grass. The IX384 flight had landed in Mangaluru from Dubai. “The engineers used the lean period in the airport’s operation schedule to retrieve the aircraft, thereby minimising possible delays to other scheduled flights,” Rao said. The Air India Express engineers are assessing the aircraft for its air-worthiness, he added.

With the airline mandatorily reporting the incident to directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA), the airline regulator sent its own team to probe the incident. The DGCA has its own set of parameters which they will enquire from stakeholders in case of any such incident, Rao said. The DGCA team will submit its findings to the regulator, which will decide on the best course of action to avoid such incidents in future, Rao said.

On flight disruptions due to the incident on Sunday, Rao said certain critical measurements had to be given to DGCA. “We had to assess the aircraft location in the strip for clearance from the Instrument Landing System and runway strip before resuming operations,” he said. The delayed departures were cleared with approval of DGCA, Rao said. All the flight backlogs were cleared systematically and normal operations resumed on Monday, he said.
02/07/19 Times of India
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