A Boeing jumbo aircraft of Air India suffered a partial damage to its ring wing when it was moving towards its bay in Mumbai airport yesterday.
The AI 191 flight arriving from Ahmedabad carrying 447 passengers entered a wrong taxiway due to a miscommunication with the airport’s air traffic controllers, which led to the aircraft hitting a light pole at the perimeter area, damaging its right wing partially.
An Air India spokesperson was quoted as saying in various media reports, “The aircraft that landed in Mumbai for a layover did not have a follow me jeep to guide it due to some miscommunication from the ATC which led to the incident.”
However, the airports ATCs have dismissed the claim. An ATC official said: “There were no such instructions to the pilot that would make him take the wrong taxiway.”
Meanwhile, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has taken a serious note of this incident by suspending an air traffic controller and two Air India pilots.
“Even if the ATC assigns a wrong taxiway, a seasoned pilot should stop the aircraft if he or she feels that taxi clearance is not available,” a senior DGCA official requesting anonymity was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.