In a major breach of safety on Tuesday, a Kingfisher aircraft was hit and its door damaged by an aerobridge at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The Bangalore-bound flight had 124 passengers and six crew members on board.
The accident was reported around 2 pm. "The incident took place when the flight (IT 3214) was ready for departure. The aerobridge hit the door of the plane and the aircraft suffered substantial damage," a Kingfisher spokesperson said.
According to sources, the Airbus suffered serious damages and its passengers also felt the tremor when the aerobridge hit the door. No passenger or member of the crew was hurt.
"The announcement for wearing the seat belt was on when we felt the tremor. Few moments later, we were asked to de-board and were informed about the incident. This is crazy, and at an airport like this, such incidents could have been avoided," a passenger said who doesn't wish to be named.
The accident occurred when the ground staff was withdrawing the aerobridge after passengers and crew had boarded the domestic flight.
According to officials of Delhi International Airport Limited (DIAL), an outsourced agency operates the bridges.
"Kingfisher's flight received minor scratches while one of the aerobridges was retracting. The passengers on board were transferred to another aircraft, which left at 4:30 pm (two hours after the scheduled departure)," a DIAL spokesperson said.
Sources said Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been informed about it. "The damaged aircraft has been grounded. Our team will examine the damage," a DGCA official said.