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Jet aircraft veers off taxiway in Jorhat, passengers safe

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Jet Airways flight from Guwahati to Jorhat went off the runway after landing at the destination on Tuesday, 12th Sept 2017.
“After landing, one of the wheels crossed over soft soil while turning on the taxiway. All (89) guests on board Boeing 737-800 aircraft have been deplaned safely. Safety is of paramount importance to the airline and every precaution is taken to ensure a high standard of operational safety,” Jet said in a statement.


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IGI loses radio link with planes, DGCA orders probe

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The all-pervasive network problem is now plaguing Indira Gandhi International airport. On Sunday afternoon, the air traffic control (ATC) at the airport suffered a frequency outage due to which it had trouble establishing contact with planes flying in and out of Delhi.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report from Airports Authority of India (AAI) — the parent body of ATC — on this issue to probe the cause and tackle the same at the earliest.
“There was a problem with frequency on 10th Sept 2017, Sunday afternoon. Most planes flying in and out at that time had trouble establishing contact with Delhi ATC. The crew of one incoming flight panicked and reported radio communication failure (RCF). All other planes flying in and out of Delhi around Sunday afternoon faced communication issues,” said a senior AAI official. The problem occurred intermittently from 11am to 1.30pm on Sunday.


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Incident: Lufthansa A388 enroute on Sep 11th 2017, engine problem

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A Lufthansa Airbus A380-800, performing flight from Frankfurt/Main (Germany) to Houston Intercontinental,TX (USA), when about 120nm northwest of Reykjavik (Iceland) when the crew decided to return to Frankfurt. The aircraft landed safely back in Frankfurt about 3:15 hours after turning around and about 6.5 hours after departure.

One passenger reported they were told that an engine (Trent 970) had been leaking oil but was now okay, maintenance had worked on the engine prior to the flight. Near Iceland the aircraft turned around, no reason was given.


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Air India Express Boeing 737-800 taxied into concrete water drain at Cochin Airport

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Air India Express flight was damaged in a taxiing accident at Cochin International Airport, India.
The aircraft, a Boeing 737-8HG (WL), landed at 02:37 hours local time following a flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport.
As it was taxiing to the ramp, the airplane suffered a taxiway excursion. It crossed a concrete storm water drain, causing the nose landing gear to collapse. The aircraft came to rest with the main landing gear in the drain.
According to the airport authority, the aircraft turned 90 m before the taxiway leading to the apron. The captain of the flight reported that the taxiway edge lights were inoperative as well as the taxiway F centreline lights.


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NSG, CISF may be empowered to shoot down ‘rogue’ UAVs

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Anti-terror force NSG and industrial security agency CISF may be empowered to shoot down “rogue” low-flying objects like drones and gliders under a new policy which is being finalised.
A draft policy on operating low-flying, pilot-less objects will come up soon to deal with elements which could carry out terror attacks using drones, gliders, besides others, a home ministry official said.
The issue was discussed threadbare at a recent meeting of the Union home secretary with representatives of the Indian Air Force, civil aviation ministry, Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and other stakeholders.
“The draft drone policy is in the final stage. It is focused on regulating the use of unmanned aerial vehicles and similar low-flying objects. The policy should come out in public domain this month itself to solicit comments from stakeholders,” the official said.
The National Security Guard (NSG) and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) are likely to be given powers to shoot down any “erring” low-flying object if they find it as “rogue”, the official said


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Air India commander grounded for reckless flight conduct

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Air India has grounded a senior Airbus A-320 commander for a string of alleged violations, including flying an aircraft very dangerously.

“Once he made a public announcement on ground that AI has done many violations and that he will not take off till the airline accepts its mistake. One of AI’s senior Boeing 747 pilots, who operates VVIP flights, was on this aircraft as a passenger and he reported the matter to the airline,” said the source.
However, the commander’s past lapses were glossed over till the captain recently operated a ferry (without passengers) flight from Delhi to Gaya which came on AI’s flight safety department’s radar due to reckless flying following which the airline acted against him.
On the Delhi-Gaya flight, said a highly placed source, the commander reportedly took off at 40 knots (74 kmph) more than maximum take-off speed and that too right at the fag end of the runway. The tyres were blistering hot. He pulled the aircraft nose up by a sharp 24 degrees instead of the normal 12-13 degrees; took a series of sharp turns in air and then had a very fast rate of descent (about 12,500 feet per minute) in Gaya.
Several pilots claim that on this flight there was a moment when the co-pilot “got lifted from his seat” during one of the alleged “stunts”. This could not be confirmed.

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Indian Aviation Industry In Sweetest Spot

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The Indian aviation industry is potentially in the sweetest spot led by strong domestic demand, along with accommodative government policy and a benign fuel outlook.

The domestic air traffic, which grew at a compounded annual growth rate of 20 percent in the last three years, is expected to maintain the same growth trajectory in the coming five years

Governments intention to make flying affordable and convenient through its new Regional Connectivity Scheme UDAN, and weak fuel prices due to global crude surplus is further going to boost the fortunes of airline companies.

UDAN aims to fly new 300 million domestic passengers annually by 2022 and 500 million by 2027. Aviation turbine fuel prices have corrected 40 percent in the last three years and will remain weak due to rising supplies from the U.S.

The above factors would help aviation companies to get discounts  from Government along with increase in customer share due to regional connectivity. In addition the icing on the cake is low turbine fuel prices.


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Incident: Indigo A20N at Vishakhapatnam on Aug 30th 2017, rejected takeoff due to bird strike

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An Indigo Airbus A320-200N, performing flight from Vishakhapatnam to Bangalore (India) with 178 people on board, was accelerating for takeoff from Vishakhapatnam’s runway when the crew rejected takeoff at high speed about 1/3 down the runway after the left hand engine a PW1127 ingested birds. The aircraft slowed safely and returned to the apron.

A replacement A320-200 reached Bangalore with a delay of 7:45 hours.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground about 20 hours after the rejected takeoff.


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Accident: Coco South Sudan AN26 at Maban on Aug 28th 2017, runway excursion on landing, aircraft burned down

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A Coco Travel (South Sudan) Antonov AN-26, performing a freight flight to Maban Airstrip (South Sudan), landed on Maban Airstrip, coordinatesnear the city of Bunj, in northerly direction at about 08:30Z in rain. The aircraft skidded and went off the runway coming to a stop in the north of the airfield with substantial damage, fuel spilled and a fire started. The crew managed to escape with minor injuries, the aircraft and cargo burned down.


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Incident: Delta B752 at Salt Lake City (USA) on Aug 27th 2017, bird strike

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A Delta Airlines Boeing 757-200, performing flight from New York JFK,NY to Salt Lake City,UT (USA), was on final approach to Salt Lake City’s runway  already in contact with tower when descending through 6000 feet the crew reported a number of birds, everything looked normal. The aircraft continued for a safe landing on runway about 2 minutes later.

The FAA reported the aircraft sustained minor damage to the right hand engine (PW2037).

 


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