Delhi-bound Go Air flight delayed due to technical reasons

By: | Updated: March 10, 2017 5:29 PM

The Delhi bound Go Air flight with 165 passengers on board today failed to take off twice from Kolkata airport today due to technical reasons.

All passengers in the flight were safe. (IE)

The Delhi bound Go Air flight with 165 passengers on board today failed to take off twice from Kolkata airport today due to technical reasons. It finally took off at 2 pm after undergoing component replacement. All passengers are safe.

Speaking on the issue later, a spokesperson for the airlines said, “The captain of Flight G8 128 (Kolkata – Delhi) during taxiing out noticed a technical snag and brought the aircraft to bay. After detailed checks snag could not be reproduced. However the sang re-appeared after taxi out. The aircraft was grounded for a while underwent a component replacement. The flight departed at 14:00 hrs”.

Last month, a GoAir plane flying over Delhi’s Najafgarh area had reportedly caught fire on Wednesday after which it was forced to make an emergency landing. The information was passed on to PCR through a call after which it was confirmed that the engine of the plane had caught the fire and the emergency landing was made.

In 2015, a GoAir flight, G8-305 carrying 168 passengers from Mumbai was hit by an aerobridge after landing at the Chennai airport. This incident took place at 6:35 am in the morning as the AAI operator was unable to safely align the aerobridge to the aircraft. According to the indianexpress.com, the mistake happened because the operator was too fast and was unable to control he movement of aerobridge.Fortunately, no injuries were reported in the incident but the accident damaged a portion close to the front door of the plane.

Meanwhile, an instruction has been that unless and until the foreign pilots are ‘thoroughly briefed’ about the approach procedures of Indian defence airfields, Indian carriers should not roster them on defence airfields. According to the Indian Express, this comes in the wake of the Goa incident when an investigation on October 22 into the near-miss incident between a SpiceJet and GoAir aircraft in Goa found that the foreign crew of the GoAir flight failed to correctly understand instructions given by Air Traffic Controllers (ATCs).

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The pilot was confused over the ATC instructions given to him despite standard radiotelephony phraseology being used by the traffic controllers as per ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organisation) standards. As per an official, till all foreign crew have been specifically briefed about operating procedures, GoAir and other airlines have now been directed not to operate wet-lease aircraft to defence airfields.

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