AI aircraft hits aerobridge

AI aircraft hits aerobridge

AI aircraft hits aerobridge

At least 300 people had a close shave after an Air India (AI) aircraft dashed an aerobridge at the Mumbai airport on Friday afternoon.

However, all the passengers, crew and the ground staff escaped unhurt.

The AI-922 flight – a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft -- had arrived in Mumbai from Riyadh.

The incident did not have any bearing on the operations at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport, one of the busiest airports of the country.

The mishap led to a blame game between AI and Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL).

AI claimed that while parking the aircraft at the arrival bay, the MIAL displayed wrong information, which was not compatible with the particular model, and the left engine banged into the aerobridge.

“The aircraft was being marshaled by AI staff during which it collided with the aerobridge. No one was injured. The aircraft suffered minor damage,” an MIAL spokesperson said. The incident happened along the bay of Terminal 2. The aircraft was towed away for repairs.

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