DGCA suspends GoAir pilots for drifting from runway

  • DGCA also orders an inquiry into the incident involving the Airbus A320 aircraft operated by GoAir
  • The aircraft has been grounded for detailed investigation at Hyderabad

NEW DELHI : The country’s aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), has suspended pilots of GoAir flight that landed outside the runway at the Bangalore airport on 11 November amidst poor weather conditions, a senior official of the agency said.

DGCA has also ordered an inquiry into the incident involving the Airbus A320 aircraft operated by the Wadia Group-owned no-frill airline.

Due to bad weather at the Bangalore airport, on 11 November, GoAir aircraft VT-WGR, plying between Nagpur and Bangalore, had to initiate a go-around, the DGCA official said, requesting anonymity.

A go-around is an aborted landing of an aircraft that is on final approach.

During the go-around process, one of the engines stalled, said the official, adding that the same engine stalled again during climb as the aircraft was diverted to Hyderabad.

“After landing at Hyderabad, mud deposit had been observed on left main landing gear, indicating that aircraft has rolled on to soft ground or unpaved surface,” the official said.

“Aircraft has been grounded for detailed investigation at Hyderabad. DFDR (Digital Flight Data Recorder) data along with other recorder data is being analysed for further investigation,” the official added.

“Pending the investigation by GoAir and the regulator, the flight crew have been kept off flying duty,” GoAir said in a statement, adding, “Safety of our passengers and crew is of paramount importance to GoAir and the airline is committed to all aspects of safety.”

According to Flightradar24, a Swedish commercial aircraft flight information website, the GoAir flight between Nagpur and Bangalore on 11 November was operated on an Airbus A320Neo aircraft.

Airlines like IndiGo and GoAir, which operate Airbus A320Neo planes powered by Pratt & Whitney (P&W) engines, have been facing snags with the engines.

Last month, the DGCA directed both IndiGo and GoAir to stop flying Airbus A320neo planes powered by Pratt and Whitney (P&W) 1100 series engines, which have operated more than 3,000 hours.

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