DGCA launches enquiry after wingtips of two taxiing jets collide in Indian airport

Published on : Thursday, December 1, 2016

mumbai-airportThe Airport in the Indian city of Mumbai witnessed a bizarre incident as the wingtips of a stationary aircraft and a taxiing jet collided before 6 am local time on Wednesday, 30th November. It was found that one of the jets was an incoming wide-body aircraft of Kuwait Airways and the other was a narrow-body outbound jet of IndiGo airline.



The tip of the wing of the Airbus A-320, owned by IndiGo, was damaged due to the collision and the flight had to return to the terminal with all the passengers onboard.



The IndiGo airline later issued a statement, which said that the wing tip of its Airbus A-320 aircraft came in contact with the wing tip of the Airbus A-330, a wide body aircraft of an international operator, while taxing at the Mumbai airport on 30th November in the morning.



According to the authorities, around 5:45 am local time, the Kuwait Airways jet was taxiing towards the parking stand while the IndiGo flight was getting ready to depart towards the Indian city of Jaipur under the instruction of the air traffic control.



IndiGo authorities informed that the jets were on taxi way ā€˜Wā€™ and ā€˜Nā€™ during the collision and as per rules, while an aircraft is on taxiway N, Taxiway W4 must not be permitted to use as standard wingtip clearance is not met.



According to the spokesperson for Kuwait Airways, Andrew Chupeau, as the Kuwait Airways A-330 was in a stationary position during the incident, the IndiGo A-320 came into contact with the Kuwait Airways A-330. He informed that none of the passengers or the crew members was hurt during to the collision. Chupeau added that the wingtip of the other jet scratched the left outboard flap of the Kuwait Airways flight KU 301.



The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) launched an investigation after the collision.



None of the passengers from the IndiGo flight was hurt during the accident as well. After the IndiGo jet was sent back to the terminal, the passengers were sent to Jaipur on another jet arranged by the airline.

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