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DGCA cracks down on pilots after six flights veer off runway

DGCA has grounded 12 pilots and served show-cause notices to them after six incidents of airplanes veering off the runway or taxiway were reported
New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 12 pilots and served show-cause notices to them after six incidents of airplanes veering off the runway or taxiway were reported in recent times, a senior official said on Thursday. While SpiceJet was involved in three of these incidents, Air India Express was involved in two and GoAir in one.

The SpiceJet incidents

The punitive action comes close on the heels of a recent incident on July 2, when a SpiceJet plane veered off the runway while landing at Kolkata airport, damaging four lights. On July 1, another SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered off the runway while landing at Mumbai airport amidst heavy rains. The plane then got stuck in the adjacent grass area. On June 30, another plane belonging to the airline and flying from Bhopal to Surat had veered off the runway due to heavy rainfall and wind.

‘Pilots involved in Surat and Mumbai incident suspended’

A SpiceJet spokesperson said that the “pilots involved in both the incidents (Mumbai and Surat) have been suspended as per the directions of the DGCA.”

The Air India Express incidents

On July 2, an Air India Express flight from Dammam to Calicut had a tail strike while landing. In another incident on June 30, another Air India Express flight had veered off the taxiway after landing and had got stuck in soft mud at the Mangalore airport.

Go Air also had a tail strike

On July 2, a Go Air flight coming from Bengaluru also had a tail strike while landing at Ranchi airport.