Wednesday, August 28, 2019

SpiceJet captain’s licence suspended for violating ATC instruction, taking plane to runway

New Delhi: A SpiceJet captain’s flying licence has been suspended for taking his aircraft to the middle of Ahmedabad airport runway despite air traffic control (ATC) asking him to wait at taxiway holding point as another aircraft had begun take off roll on that runway. Even the co-pilot on SpiceJet flight had correctly read back the ATC instruction to the captain to hold.
The incident had happened on July 9, 2019, when SpiceJet flight SG-2988 being operated on Bombardier Q400 (VT-SUL) was taxiing to operate an Ahmedabad-Jaipur flight. It entered the runway on which at that point of time a GoAir flight G8-913 had begun take off roll to fly to Goa.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) launched a probe in this runway incursion and issued a showcase to SpiceJet flight captain. On Tuesday it issued the order in this investigation, suspending the captain’s licence for six months from July 12.
“The pilot-in-command did not monitor the ATC instruction ‘hold at holding point runway 05’ inspite of the first officer reading back the ATC taxi instructions correctly. SG-2988 breached runway holding point on taxiway B and reached middle of active runway without clearance from ATC, while G8-913 had already started departure roll,” the order issued by DGCA joint DG B S Rai says.

“SG-2988 was advised by (ATC) to vacate via taxiway A. However, it did not vacate runway 05 via taxiway A even after acknowledging the ATC instruction. Instead the aircraft came back to holding point (of) runway 05 by applying reverse thrust once again without positive clearance from ATC,” Rai’s order reads.
27/08/19 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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