Taxiing IndiGo aircraft grazes against stationary AI Express plane, DGCA orders probe | India News

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NEW DELHI: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday ordered probe into an incident at Kolkata Airport where an Indigo plane grazed against a stationary Air India Express aircraft while taxing.
The incident caused a delay for IndiGo flight 6E 6152 heading to Darbhanga, but passengers were accommodated on another aircraft.
Both IndiGo pilots have been off-rostered, and the flights have been grounded for thorough inspection.
“We have ordered a detailed investigation into the matter and both the pilots of IndiGo airlines have been off-rostered. The ground staff will also be questioned during the investigation. Both the flights have been grounded for detailed inspection,” DGCA official said.
Speaking about the incident, an Air India Express spokesperson said, “The wingtip of a taxiing aircraft of another airline grazed one of our aircraft, which was stationary and awaiting clearance to enter the runway at Kolkata for a scheduled operation to Chennai. The aircraft has since returned to the bay and further investigation is underway, for which we are coordinating with the regulator and airport authorities.”
Meanwhile, Indigo said that an alternate aircraft has been arranged for the passengers and a report will be submitted to the DGCA.
“The aircraft returned to bay for inspection and necessary action, as per protocol. Consequently IndiGo flight 6E 6152 between Kolkata and Darbhanga has been delayed. Refreshments have been provided to all passengers and an alternate aircraft has been arranged to minimise delay and inconvenience to the passengers,” IndiGo said in a statement.
“IndiGo prioritises passenger safety above all else. An incident report will be submitted to DGCA in due course, as per protocol,” it added.

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