Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Toilet cart hits parked aircraft, causes damage

New Delhi: A toilet cart being operated by a ground handler hit a parked SpiceJet Boeing 737 at Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, damaging the bottom of the aircraft.
The incident happened on Monday and there were no passengers inside the plane at the time, officials said. Sources said the toilet cart, operated by ground-handling company Bird Worldwide Flight Services (BWFS), had come to service the flight according to the standard procedures. While doing so, the cart accidentally reversed and hit the plane.
A SpiceJet spokesperson said the aircraft was grounded after the hit. "A SpiceJet Boeing 737 aircraft parked in Bay 83L at the Delhi airport was hit by a toilet cart operated by BWFS on July 29. The cart had come to service the said aircraft. The driver was reversing the cart when it hit the aircraft. The aircraft has been grounded," he said.
Sources said the plane will be checked before it was allowed to operate again. "An assessment will be carried out as the aircraft was damaged," said a source.
A BWFS statement said, "We are aware of the incident. We are investigating the matter internally and will make appropriate improvements to help prevent or minimise future recurrence. We are also fully cooperating with the inspection being undertaken by DGCA and DIAL. We are cognisant of our responsibilities and aim to ensure passenger and staff safety".
31/07/19 Times of India
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