Two SpiceJet pilots’ licences suspended for unsafe landing at Mangalore airport

NEW DELHI: Flying licences of two SpiceJet pilots have been suspended for 4.5 months for carrying out an unstabilised landing at the tabletop runway of Mangalore airport and “jeopardizing safety of the aircraft and passengers”. Runway edge lights of this airport were found damaged after a SpiceJet Boeing 737 flew in Mangalore from Dubai on October 31, 2019.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) probed the unstabilised landing of the B737 (VT-SLI). It issued show cause notices to the pilot-in-command (PIC) and first officer, seeking explanation from them for this landing.

A senior DGCA official said: “Our investigation has revealed that the aircraft touched down left of the centerline and deviated further to the left. The delayed corrective input by the crew led to damage of three runway edge lights.”

“Reply to the show cause notice (to the pilots) was not satisfactory on following grounds: Delayed corrective input by the crew after touchdown led the aircraft deviating further left and jeopardizing the safety of the aircraft and the passengers. DGCA has suspended the license held by the PIC and first officer for 4.5 months (135 days) from the date of incident,” the official added.

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