IndiGo aircraft grazes stationary Air India Express plane at Kolkata Airport, DGCA orders probe

At the Kolkata airport, an IndiGo aircraft grazed the wings of an Air India Express plane on Wednesday. This resulted in both aircraft sustaining damage to their wings, according to officials. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has de-rostered the IndiGo pilots involved in the accident and has launched a probe.

The accident took place on the taxiway near the runway of the airport around 11 am, as per sources at the airport. The Air India Express aircraft was scheduled to fly to Chennai from Kolkata, while the IndiGo aircraft was supposed to travel to Darbhanga.

Passengers were reportedly on board both aircraft at the time of the accident. However, no harm to passengers or crew members was reported.

The Airports Authority of India stated in a release that the wingtip vortices of both planes were badly damaged. The DGCA off-rostered the pilots of IndiGo Airlines and ordered a detailed investigation after an IndiGo plane hit a stationary Air India Express aircraft while taxiing at Kolkata Airport.

A senior DGCA official stated that after the incident, both pilots of the IndiGo A320 VT-ISS plane hit the stationary Air India Express 737 VT-TGG during a taxi in Kolkata.

“We have ordered a detailed investigation into the matter, and both the pilots of IndiGo airlines have been off-rostered. The ground staff will also be questioned during the investigation. Both flights have been grounded for a detailed inspection,” the official said.

“The wingtip of a taxiing aircraft of another airline grazed one of our aircraft, which was stationary and awaiting clearance to enter the runway at Kolkata for a scheduled operation to Chennai. The aircraft has since returned to the bay, and further investigation is underway, for which we are coordinating with the regulator and airport authorities. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to guests due to external circumstances,” said an Air India Express spokesperson.

Roy Walsh

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