Cool­ing truck at IGI hits Air In­dia plane

Loosely Placed Stop­per Caused Ve­hi­cle To Move And Col­lide With En­gine

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - TIMES CITY -

New Delhi: An Air In­dia air­craft was hit by a ground-cool­ing truck on Fri­day night while it was taxi­ing af­ter land­ing at the IGI air­port. No one sus­tained any in­juries in the in­ci­dent, an air­line source said.

Air­port of­fi­cials said the in­ci­dent took place around 9.45pm when Air In­dia flight AI 820 from Vado­dara was tax­ing af­ter land­ing at run­way 29/11.

“While com­ing into the bay, en­gine num­ber 1 of the air­craft, on the out­board side, hit a parked ground-cool­ing unit at bay C33,” said an of­fi­cial.

Ini­tial probe re­vealed that a cool­ing unit (gen­er­a­tor ve­hi­cle) was parked near the right en­gine of the plane. When the unit started to sup­ply cool­ing, vi­bra­tions caused it to move as the stop­per was im­prop­erly placed and it went and hit the right-side en­gine.

The ground cool­ing units are gen­er­ally used to main­tain tem­per­a­tures in­side the air­craft by pro­vid­ing both cold and hot air.

An Air In­dia spokesper­son said that the mat­ter was be­ing in­ves­ti­gated by them and the reg­u­la­tory bod­ies. DGCA is also prob­ing the in­ci­dent, of­fi­cials added.

“Air In­dia man­age­ment has con­sti­tuted a two-mem­ber com­mit­tee to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent. The com­mit­tee will sub­mit the re­port within seven days,” said the Air In­dia spokesper­son

A sim­i­lar in­ci­dent oc­curred last month when the wing of an Ethiopian Air­lines air­craft hit a parked Air In­dia air­craft at bay 87 while the plane was be­ing pushed back. The flight was car­ry­ing 196 pas­sen­gers and crew mem­bers. No in­juries were, how­ever, re­ported.

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