Saturday, June 06, 2020

Strong wind causes SpiceJet ladder to crash into Indigo aircraft at Mumbai airport

Mumbai: A major mishap was averted on Saturday when a ladder of SpiceJet airlines crashed into an IndiGo aircraft at Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj International Airport. The collision happened due to strong winds. The airport authorities are probing the incident.

As per a statement released by the Mumbai Internation Airport Ltd, the only damage that the IndiGo aircraft sustained in the accident was to its wing and engine cowling.

"Unpredictable cyclonic storms engulfing India have posed a huge challenge for unattended aircraft parked across airports. Due to strong winds, VT-IHN of IndiGo was hit by a ladder of SpiceJet at Mumbai, (causing) some damage to wings and engine cowling," the MIAL spokesperson said.
IndiGo also released a statement saying that SpiceJet's step ladder got detached from its parked position and hit its parked aircraft.

"This incident occurred at Mumbai airport early this morning. A step ladder belonging to SpiceJet got detached from its parked position and damaged a stationary aircraft belonging to IndiGo. The incident is under investigation by relevant authorities," the IndiGo spokesperson said.
Meanwhile, SpiceJet clarified that its step ladder was well secured and with chocks in place. "On June 6, a SpiceJet step ladder was parked on stand C87 (where one of our aircraft VT-SLA was parked) at the Mumbai airport. On stand C86, an IndiGo aircraft was parked. Both aircraft were not in service at that time," a SpiceJet spokesperson said in a statement.

"At around 7.30 am, sudden strong winds picked up. There was no prior weather warning or advisory. SpiceJet's step ladder, which was well secured and with chocks in place, was moved backwards and hit the IndiGo aircraft on the right wing," added the spokesperson.
06/06/20 Mohammad Adil/
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