Mumbai: A Bangalore-bound Kingfisher flight with 162 passengers on board from Delhi lost radio contact with Nagpur area control for over 30 minutes, officials said here on Sunday.
The incident happened on Wednesday when the flight was hovering over Nagpur, they said. The Kingfisher flight which took off from Delhi airport at 2:05 pm was initially in touch with the Delhi ATC. When the flight flew southwards, the Delhi ATC asked the pilot to contact Nagpur Area Control, they said.
However, the pilot allegedly failed to contact the Nagpur ATC for around half an hour. The pilot also did not respond to calls on regular and emergency VHF (very high frequency) by the ATC, the officials said.
When contacted a Kingfisher Airlines spokesperson said initial inquiry suggested that the pilot reported bad weather and heavy static while flying over Nagpur area control.
"Preliminary indications are that the pilot reported bad weather and heavy static when they transitioned from Delhi area control to Nagpur area control," the spokesperson said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has reportedly initiated a probe into the incident.