TRICHY MISHAP: AI JET POS­SI­BLE OVERLOADED

The Asian Age - - Nation -

I ap­peal to stu­dents to carry out in­no­va­tions in the field of ed­u­ca­tion

— Sushil Modi, Bi­har deputy CM

Tiruchi­rap­palli: The Dubai­bound Air In­dia Ex­press plane was fly­ing at a speed of 250 km and pos­si­bly overloaded when its tyre hit an equip­ment used to guide a pilot to land a flight and then brushed the com­pound wall dur­ing take- off at the In­ter­na­tional Air­port here early on Fri­day, of­fi­cials said. Tiruchi­rap­palli air­port di­rec­tor K. Gu­nasekaran has said on­duty Cen­tral In­dus­trial Se­cu­rity Force ( CISF) per­son­nel had in­formed the air traf­fic con­trol ( ATC) about the ac­ci­dent, fol­low­ing which the air traf­fic con­troller in­formed the pi­lots about it. A day af­ter all 136 peo­ple on board the Air In­dia Ex­press plane had a mirac­u­lous es­cape, air­port of­fi­cials Satur­day said air­port staff, in­clud­ing CISF per­son­nel, who in­formed the ATC about the ac­ci­dent, are be­ing ques­tioned. Ac­cord­ing to the air­line, the pilot in com­mand, Cap­tain D Ganesh Babu, has a fly­ing ex­pe­ri­ence on the B737 air­craft of 3,600 hours. The first of­fi­cer, Cap­tain Anurag, has an ex­pe­ri­ence of about 3,000 hours on the B737. Ganesh Babu had re­port­edly told of­fi­cials that there was no prob­lem in the plane and all the cock­pit equip­ment in­di­cated to him that plane was in good shape, air­port of­fi­cials said. The of­fi­cials said the pilot was sup­posed to take- off at a par­lic­u­lar point on the ‘ 8169 run­way,’ but he could have crossed that point be­fore tak­ing off lead­ing to the tyre brush­ing the wall. When the pas­sen­gers asked about the “scary rock­ing” ex­pe­ri­enced by them, they were re­port­edly told by the crew that it was com­mon. “It is not known when the ATC staff con­tacted the pilot af­ter the in­ci­dent. The ex­change be­tween the pilot and the ground staff, tim­ing etc will be ex­am­ined dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” of­fi­cials said.

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