Goof-up by small plane pilot causes flap at IGIA

A collision was averted when a small private aircraft mistook an instruction by the air traffic control (ATC) at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) on Monday.

The incident took place around 7 pm on runway 28. The private aircraft entered into the active runway zone by misreading an instruction meant for another aircraft.

The ATC had instructed the passenger plane of AR Airways to clear the runway since a Jet Airways flight from Chennai was ready to land and another flight, a Boeing 737 of the same airline was getting ready for take-off to Doha.

But the pilot of the private aircraft, L&T Aviation Services, which was crossing over to Terminal 1-D from Terminal-3, thought the instruction was for him, went into the runway meant for the Jet Airways flights.

Noticing the movement, ATC officials first alerted the pilot of Jet Airways flight bound for Doha to abort take-off and alerted the Chennai flight to hold back and to “go around” and return for landing later. 

Meanwhile, the ATC instructed the pilot of the private aircraft to move away from the runway.

An airport officer said the situation arose due to confusion on the part of the pilot of L&T Aviation Services. However, the mistake was rectified in time averting a disaster.

“The situation was handled as per laid down procedures without any accident. We are looking into the matter and a probe has been initiated,” the officer added.

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