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Kolkata Airport Accident: Wingtips Of 2 Aircraft Damaged After Minor Graze, DGCA Orders Probe | Details Inside

Out of the two aircraft, one was a taxiing Darbhanga-bound IndiGo which eventually collided with a stationary Air India Express flight waiting for clearance to enter the runway. As per reports, the IndiGo aircraft was carrying a hundred and thirty-five passengers, including four infants.

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Visual from the accident at Kolkata Airport on Wednesday | Photo: X/@pooja_news
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Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport on Wednesday witnessed a bizarre accident where two aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway.

Out of the two aircraft, one was a taxiing Darbhanga-bound IndiGo which eventually collided with a stationary Air India Express flight waiting for clearance to enter the runway. As per reports, the IndiGo aircraft was carrying a hundred and thirty-five passengers, including four infants.

Owing to the minor graze between the two aircraft, a part of the Air India Express aircraft's wing fell on the runway, while the IndiGo aircraft's wing was dented. 

DGCA ordered probe, pilots off-rostered

Following the incident, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has immediately off-rostered both the IndiGo A320 VT-ISS pilots and ordered a detailed probe.

"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," a DGCA official said.

"A minor graze between a taxiing IndiGo aircraft and that of another carrier was reported from Kolkata Airport. The aircraft returned to the bay for inspection and necessary action, per protocol," the low-cost carrier said, adding that an incident report has been filed with the aviation regulator DGCA.

"Consequently, IndiGo flight 6E 6152 between Kolkata and Darbhanga has been delayed," it added.

"IndiGo prioritises passenger safety above all else. An incident report will be submitted to DGCA in due course," the carrier 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. We apologise for the inconvenience caused to guests due to external circumstances."

The Kolkata airport, in an incident report, said, "At 11:10 am, received information from ATC that one aircraft IX 1886 (VT-TGG) report wingtip vortices hit. Observed wingtip vortices of aircraft IX 1886 are missing and wingtip vortices of aircraft 6E 6152 have dents."

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