New Delhi: A mishap was averted when an Air India aircraft collided with parked ground cooling unit (GCU) truck just after landing on the runway at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.
According to the officials, Air India’s Vadodara to Delhi flight was taxiing towards a parking bay when the accident took place. There were 114 passengers on-board the Airbus 319. No one sustained any injuries, an airline source said. The incident occurred at around 9.45 pm on Friday, when the AI820 flight landed the airport and one of its engines rammed into a truck parked near an aerobridge. The truck was carrying a ground-based cooling unit.
The GCU is ground support equipment, which supplies cold air or hot air into a parked aircraft to maintain comfortable temperatures. The airline has constituted a two-member high-level committee to investigate the incident. “The committee will submit the report within seven days.
This committee is apart from other committee constituted by other regularity bodies,” said a spokesperson of Air India. With flight traffic at Delhi airport growing at 20% rate each year, the number of such incidents, including planes straying into each other’s paths – on the runway or mid-air has increased too.
A similar incident occurred last month when one of the wings of Ethiopian Airlines hit an Air India flight.