Pilots who averted accident taken off duty
New Delhi: Pilots of Jet Airways and Air
India Express, who averted a possible accident at the
Tiruchirappalli airport two days ago, have been taken off duty
pending investigation into the incident by aviation regulator
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which
has begun a probe into the November seven incident, has also
taken into custody the Flight Data Recorders of the two planes
to ascertain the communication data, official sources said.
Maintaining that air traffic control (ATC) staff were
also being questioned, they said the cockpit crew were taken
off duty as a routine measure so that they were available when
required for the probe.
It was a close shave on Monday afternoon when a Jet
Airways flight for Chennai was about to take off and an Air
India Express aircraft from Abu Dhabi landed at the same time.
There were 170 passengers on board the Air India Express
flight and 59 in Jet.
When the Jet pilot observed the AI Express flight
approaching the runway from opposite direction and manoeuvred
the flight towards left according to the standard operating
procedure, the AI Express pilot also veered the flight to
avoid any untoward incident.