An electric baggage tractor hit the engine of aircraft AI 348 which was ready to take off, as reported by ANI.
An electric baggage tractor hit the engine of aircraft AI 348 which was ready to take off, as reported by ANI. The aircraft connected the route from Delhi to Shanghai. As per the reports, the Aircraft has been grounded for now, and a probe has been ordered for the same. Air India has also come out with a statement in connection with the incident. As per the ANI reports, the employees who were handling the baggage tug have been de-rostered. The Airline has further initiated an investigation of the whole episode.
Aircraft has also being examined for any damage. Though this is not the first incident, similar incidents have happened in the past also. Earlier, in June, the lives of one hundred and fifty-five passengers were at stake when a GoAir plane allegedly continued to fly despite being hit by a bird. Directorate General of Civil Aviation had de-rostered two pilots involved in the incident and had also issued an inquiry in the matter.
In its official statement, Directorate General of Civil Aviation had said, “We are treating the incident as a serious matter.” On 22 June 2017, the plane had taken off at 10.45 am and had returned 45 minutes later at 11.28 am. The bird had hit the plane during its initial climb, but instead of returning to the Indira Gandhi International airport, the plane had continued with the journey. Later, after the plane’s return to the airport, the passengers were shifted to another aircraft. “All passengers were transferred to another aircraft which was airborne at 1304 hrs,” the airline had said.