Jaipur: In what could have turned into a major disaster, an IndiGo flight recently nearly landed on a road here, as per a report.
The Hindustan Times reported that pilots of the IndiGo Airlines Ahmedabad-Jaipur flight 6E-237 were flying in to land at the Jaipur airport when they mistook a road parallel to facility as the runway.
The report said the pilots realised the error when the plane was barely 900 feet or less than 1.5 minutes away from the runway.
The pliots aborted the landing and pulled up as soon as the enhanced ground proximity warning system (EGPWS) alarm went off in the cockpit.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), taking note of the serious incident that took place on the February 27, has ordered an investigation and grounded both the pilots.
“IndiGo Flight 6E-237 enroute Ahmedabad to Jaipur being operated with A320 aircraft VT-IGK was involved in EGPWS 'Too Low Terrain' warning on 27 February 2016 when the aircraft was on finals during visual approach at runway 27 at Jaipur,” an IndiGo statement said.
“The Captain-in-command immediately took a precautionary measure and carried a go-around. The aircraft landed safely on subsequent ILS approach on runway 27. At IndiGo the safety and security of customers, crew and the aircraft is the top priority – at no time the safety was compromised. Both the pilot have been taken off from flight duty with immediate effect by IndiGo chief of flight safety pending investigation. The matter was duly reported to the DGCA by IndiGo flight safety department,” the statement added.