Thursday, June 17, 2021

Strong winds damage aircraft parked at Ahmedabad airport

Mumbai: Seven airline aircraft parked on ground at Ahmedabad airport sustained various degrees of damage due to thunderstorm activity and strong winds that gusted through the airport on Wednesday evening.

Among them were three A320 aircraft belonging to IndiGo, two GoAir A320s and one SpiceJet Boeing 737, said sources.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is looking into the incident, said Arun Kumar, director general of civil aviation.

An IndiGo spokesperson said: "Ahmedabad airport was hit by an unexpected thunderstorm with extremely high winds last evening. This impacted all airlines’ aircraft parked at Ahmedabad airport. Three IndiGo aircraft sustained minor/non-structural damages which will require replacement of certain parts. The aircraft shall be in operations after necessary repairs."

A comment from the other two airlines is awaited.

The slats on wings of an aircraft were damaged, while another had wing tip damage. A passenger step ladder was flown off its feet and left with its sun shade sundered.

The aviation weather report for the time showed a wind speed of 25-30 kts, but the actual wind speed was much higher, said an aviation source attributing the accident to misleading weather information. 

17/06/21 Manju V/Times of India

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