Monday, February 22, 2021

DGCA teams reach Vij, assess scene of mishap

Vijayawada: The Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) have commenced an inquiry into the Air India Express flight that accidentally hit a high mast lamp post adjacent to the runway at Vijayawada International Airport on Saturday. Officials said there were no issues with visibility and are probing other causes that led to the mishap.

Special DGCA teams reached Vijayawada airport and examined the spot of the accident. They also tried reconstructing the scene and analysed possible reasons for the incident.

Airport authorities are examining the reasons for the pilot entering the arrival area which is meant for small aircrafts. “The investigation is going on. We are assessing reasons that may have led to the accident. There is no problem with visibility as the incident happened at 4.40 pm. The investigation will take some more days and we cannot disclose details as of now,” said airport director Madhusudan Rao.

22/02/21 Venu Lanka/Times of India

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