Sunday, June 07, 2020

High winds pose challenge at Mumbai airport

The monsoons are yet to arrive in Mumbai and the pre-monsoons showers and heavy winds are already posing a challenge for the various airlines at the airport.

An Air India Express aircraft at the Mumbai International Airport on Saturday was damaged as it hit a ground power unit (GPU) that was parked near the aircraft. The aircraft suffered substantial damage. Luckily there wasn't any engineer or ground staff present around the aircraft when the incident took place.

"Due to strong Gusty winds the nose wheel of Air India Express aircraft VT-AXW parked in the Air India NEC hanger swang to the right. Incident took place around 0630 - 0645 hrs yesterday. A ground power unit (GPU) was parked near the aircraft on the right side. Due to Aircraft's nose swing one of the GPU horn pierced the aircraft fuselage nose section on the right side. Damage was assessed by the structural engineer. No injuries to personal or any other damage to aircraft," Air India Express, in a statement, said.

India Today had earlier reported another incident involving an Indigo Aircraft and a Spicejet step ladder being damaged. Owing to high wind speed, the step ladder hit the wings of the aircraft. However, no injury was reported in the incident.
07/06/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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