Spicejet aircraft makes emergency landing at Kolkata airport

KOLKATA: A Spicejet aircraft with 183 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Kolkata airport on Wednesday morning after the pilot suspected a leakage in the fuel tank, airport sources said. Read More

GoAir Ahmedabad-Bengaluru flight scare after engine catches fire, all passengers safe

Bengaluru-bound GoAir flight’s engine caught fire on at Ahmedabad airport Tuesday morning. The fire has been, however, doused and all passengers are safe.

In a statement on Tuesday, GoAir said that the right engine of the Ahmedabad-Bengaluru flight suffered damage, which resulted in a small fire.

The airlines added that no emergency evacuation was deemed necessary and that the passengers will be deplaned after the aircraft is towed off the runway.


Disaster averted: Jeep on runway forces Air India plane to lift off early from Pune

NEW DELHI: An Air India aircraft on high speed take off roll at Pune airport Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 morning was forced to get airborne earlier than planned to avoid a possible collision with a jeep that was dangerously near the airstrip. The aircraft had a speed of 220 kmph when an alert Captain Vikram Singh Besoa and first officer Mansika Harlan decided to go for early rotation — lifting nose wheel off the ground — instead of completing the take off roll as planned before doing so. The jeep belongs to Indian Air Force (IAF), which operates the Pune defence airfield, and there was also a man near the runway.
The rear section of Airbus A321, which has a longer fuselage than A320, scraped the runway in the process. Luckily it (VT-PPU) took off uneventfully at 7.55 am and flew all the 190 on board, including 180 passengers, safely to its destination Delhi as AI 852 where it landed at 10.17 am. “Prima facie, Captains Besoa and Harlan have prevented a disaster,” said a senior pilot. Read More

Ukraine plane crashes near Tehran, all 176 on board killed

TEHRAN: A Ukrainian airplane carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport, killing all onboard, Iranian state TV and officials in Ukraine said.

The plane had taken off from Imam Khomeini International Airport in the Iranian capital when a fire struck one of its engines, said Qassem Biniaz, a spokesman for Iran’s Road and Transportation Ministry. The pilot of the aircraft then lost control of the plane, sending it crashing into the ground, Biniaz said, according to the state-run IRNA news agency.

The plane carried 167 passengers and nine crew members from different nations on its flight to the Ukrainian capital, Kyiv, Biniaz said. The crash killed all on board, Iranian emergency officials and Ukraine’s foreign ministry said.

Flight data from the airport showed a Ukrainian 737-800 flown by Ukraine International Airlines took off Wednesday morning, then stopped sending data almost immediately afterward, according to website FlightRadar24. The airline did not immediately respond to a request for comment.


Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskiy extended his condolences to the families of the victims. The country’s Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk confirmed the casualty toll.

“Our task is to establish the cause of the crash of the Boeing and provide all necessary help to the families of the victims,” said parliament speaker, Dmytro Razumkov, in a Facebook statement.

The majority of the passengers were Iranian nationals, Russia’s RIA Novosti agency reported, citing Iranian authorities. Staff at the Boryspil airport in Kyiv, where the plane was headed, told The Associated Press that passengers on this flight are usually Iranian students coming back to Ukraine after winter holidays.

Plane1Associated Press journalists who reached the crash site saw a wide field of field of debris scattered across farmland. The dead lay among shattered pieces of the aircraft. Rescuers in masks shouted over the noise of hovering helicopters as they worked.

The crash came hours after Iran launched a ballistic missile attack targeting two bases in Iraq housing US forces in retaliation for the killing of Revolutionary Guard Gen. Qassim Suleimani.

The Boeing 737-800 is a very common single-aisle, twin-engine jetliner used for short to medium-range flights. Thousands of the planes are used by airlines around the world.

plane2Introduced in the late 1990s, it is an older model than the Boeing 737 MAX, which has been grounded for nearly 10 months following two deadly crashes.

A number of 737-800 aircraft have been involved in deadly accidents over the years.

In March 2016, a FlyDubai 737-800 from Dubai crashed while trying to land at Rostov-on-Don airport in Russia, killing 62 onboard. Another 737-800 flight from Dubai, operated by Air India Express, crashed in May 2010 while trying to land in Mangalore, India, killing more than 150 onboard.

Chicago-based Boeing Co. was “aware of the media reports out of Iran and we are gathering more information,” spokesman Michael Friedman told the AP.

Boeing, like other airline manufacturers, typically assists in crash investigations. However, that effort in this case could be affected by the US sanctions campaign in place on Iran since President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from Tehran’s nuclear deal with world powers in May 2018.
Both Airbus and Boeing had been in line to sell billions of dollars of aircraft to Iran over the deal, which saw Tehran limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. But Trump’s decision halted the sales.
Under decades of international sanctions, Iran’s commercial passenger aircraft fleet has aged, with air accidents occurring regularly for domestic carriers in recent years, resulting in hundreds of casualties.


Indigo flight to Mumbai on Jan 6th 2020, loss of cabin pressure

An Indigo Airbus A320-200N, registration VT-ITA performing flight 6E-6449 from Bangalore to Mumbai (India), was descending through about FL200 towards Mumbai about 40nm south of Mumbai when the crew declared emergency due to the loss of cabin pressure and initiated an emergency descent, the passenger oxygen masks were not released. The crew downgraded the emergency to PAN after reaching 10,000 feet and continued for a safe landing on Mumbai’s runway 27 about 15 minutes later.

The airline reported the aircraft had an air-system indication caution in flight, the crew followed standard procedures. The aircraft is currently inspected by maintenance, it was not an engine related issue.

Passengers reported the captain announced “emergency descent”, a rise in temperature and a rapid descent followed. The aircraft was received by emergency services.

GoAir Pune-Kolkata flight takes 14 hrs to reach destination

It took over 14 hours for 162 passengers on a GoAir Pune-Kolkata flight that was scheduled to take off on Sunday night to reach their destination.

Go Air flight G8 394 that become scheduled to take off at 10.25pm on Sunday needed to be diverted to Bhubaneshwar because of terrible visibility in Kolkata. The flight  become  first delayed because of technical issues with the aircraft. An  alternate  flight  become organized  and passengers needed to repeat the boarding formalities.

According to the airline, the crew could not be allowed to fly as they had exceeded flight duty time limitation as mandated by the DGCA

“GoAir flight G8 394 from Pune to Kolkata was diverted to Bhubaneswar due to bad weather in Kolkata… GoAir sincerely regrets any inconvenience caused to its passengers,” said the airline spokesperson.

Sri Lankan Airlines plane suffers flat tyre, none injured

Chennai: A Sri Lankan Airlines flight which arrived in Chennai on 17/02/2019, Sunday morning from Colombo suffered a flat tyre while it was being taxied to the parking bay, airport authorities said. However, no casualties were reported as all the 142 passengers onboard had alighted, a top airport official told.

“Yes, it happened when the aircraft was being taxied to the bay. There were no injuries to anyone,” the official said. According to the official, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has been apprised of the incident. Sri Lankan Airlines officials could not be reached for comment.