Wednesday morning almost witnessed a tragedy when a mishap was averted at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport-T2 in Mumbai. A collision occurred between a Kuwait Airways wide body aircraft’s wing tip and that of an IndiGo aircraft. A passenger witnessed the incident and he quickly alerted the IndiGo crew. The IndiGo Airbus A-320 (VT-IFP)’s sharklet, which is a curved portion at the tip of aircraft wing, was damaged due to the impact because of which the plane had to be grounded.
An IndiGo spokesperson confirmed, “At about 5.45 AM on Wednesday morning while the aircraft of this international airline was taxiing toward the parking stand, at the same time an IndiGo flight (6E 207) was taxiing to depart to Jaipur from taxiway ‘N’ and ‘W’ respectively under the ATC instruction. IndiGo pilot was advised to follow the international operator arrival.”
He explained the technical glitch in details. At around 5:45 AM the pilot of Kuwait Airways was advised by the ATC to move ahead to make way for IndiGo aircraft. As per ATC, when an aircraft is on taxiway N, Taxiway W4 must not be permitted to be used as they don’t meet the standard wingtip clearance. Thus, due to the taxiing process, the Airbus 320 aircraft of IndiGo came in contact with Airbus A330 aircraft of the Kuwait Airways.
Fortunately for all concerned, a big tragedy did not happen and the passengers escaped unhurt even though the whole incident must have left them quite shaken.