In the wake of multiple incidents of planes overshooting runways, aviation regulator DGCA has grounded 12 pilots. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has served show-cause notices on them after the six recent cases of aircraft veering-off runway, reports PTI. SpiceJet, Air India Express and GoAir have been involved in these incidents in the past few days, prompting DGCA to take action against the 12 pilots.
The action come even as the main runway at Mumbai airport remained shut after a SpiceJet plane from Jaipur veered-off it while landing amidst heavy rains on Monday night and got stuck in the adjacent grass area.
This comes a day after the regulator issued air safety guidelines to domestic airlines while operating amidst bad weather conditions.
A SpiceJet flight veered off its path on the runway while landing at Kolkata airport on Tuesday. On June 30, another SpiceJet plane from Bhopal veered off the runway at Surat airport due to heavy rainfall and wind. A SpiceJet spokesperson told PTI that the "pilots involved in both incidents -- which happened in Mumbai and Surat -- have been suspended as per the directions of the DGCA".
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.
-With inputs from PTI