DGCA grounds 12 pilots, issues show-cause after 6 flights veer off runway

SpiceJet, Air India Express and GoAir have been involved in three, two and one such incidents, respectively, in the past few days, prompting the DGCA to take action against the 12 pilots. Photo: iStock

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has grounded 12 pilots and served them show-cause notices after six recent cases of aircraft veering off runway, a senior official said Thursday.

SpiceJet, Air India Express and GoAir have been involved in three, two and one such incidents, respectively, in the past few days, prompting the DGCA to take action against the 12 pilots.

The action comes even as the main runway at Mumbai airport remained shut after a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered off the runway while landing amidst heavy rains on Monday night and got stuck in the adjacent grass area.

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On June 30, another SpiceJet plane from Bhopal veered off the runway at Surat airport due to heavy rainfall and wind. A SpiceJet spokesperson said that the “pilots involved in both incidents – which happened in Mumbai and Surat – have been suspended as per the directions of the DGCA.”

On July 2, another SpiceJet plane veered off its path on the runway while landing at Kolkata airport, damaging four lights. On the same day, an Air India Express flight coming from Dammam had a tail strike while landing at Calicut airport. Another Air India Express flight veered off the taxiway after landing and got stuck in soft ground at the Mangalore airport on June 30. On the same day, a GoAir flight coming from Bengaluru had a tail strike while landing at Ranchi airport.

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