Sunday, August 25, 2019

IndiGo flight dips low at Chennai airport, rattles passengers

Chennai: An IndiGo flight from Bengaluru that did a go-around at Chennai airport on Friday after gliding as low as 500ft over the Guindy-end of the main runway created a flutter among the passengers.

After taking off, the plane turned right and flew far off the coast over the sea and made a gradual descent on a lengthy approach path and touched down at 3.46pm. The first approach was on a short one after a turn.
Pilots abort landing and fly further if they feel landing may not be safe.
Ravichandran, who was on board the flight, said passengers were rattled and the pilot briefly announced "technical... landing in 10 minutes". "He did not even qualify whether it was a technical fault or glitch," Ravichandran said.
"Looking out, I noticed that the flight was a bit lower than usual and before long I noticed the flight was very close to the ground and not exactly parallel to the runway," he said.
The airline said it was investigating the incident.
"Go-around should not be considered unsafe. It is done to ensure safety of the plane and is done because of a variety of reasons including wind shear, possibility of non-precise touchdown, instruction from the ATC about something on the runway and others," a pilot said. Airlines investigate such manoeuvres based on the report filed by pilots. If the pilots chose to perform a go-around because of unsafe approach, pilots will be advised or trained, he added.
25/08/19 Times of India

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