DGCA team begins probe into Goa airport’s freak mishap

November 17th, 2008 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Panaji, Nov 17 (IANS) A team from the Director General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) has begun probing Sunday’s freak mishap at Goa airport when two chartered flights brushed against each other. One of the aircraft was carrying 356 passengers on board.”It’s a two-member team. They are recording statements of flight technicians, engineers and other concerned personnel. The report will be dispatched to the DGCA headquarters in New Delhi,” a senior official at the Airport Authority of India (AAI) told reporters here Monday afternoon.

A wing of the Airbus-330 belonging to the Iberia Spanish Airline had scratched the fuselage of a Russian Trans-Aero Boeing Sunday afternoon at the Dabolim airport. The fuselage was damaged to the extent that it was not possible for the aircraft to take off.
putting the lives of nearly 356 passengers on board at risk.

The mishap put the lives of 356 passengers on board the Trans-Aero flight at risk, and also threw air traffic at the airport out of gear. Several flights were forced to be rescheduled.

“The passengers on board the Russian aircraft were checked into local hotels and their departure has been rescheduled for Monday evening,” airport officials said. The Iberia Spanish airline flight carried no passengers.

“Sundays pose a worry during the tourist season because of the rush. Our parking bays are congested as a result. We have written to the authorities to give us some more land,” a senior AAI official told IANS.

Hundreds of chartered flights from Germany, Russia and Britain use the paramilitary airport facility at Dabolim every year from October to March, Goa’s tourist season.

This year alone nearly 700 chartered and scheduled flights are expected to land in Goa.

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