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Not mere hot air, jet blast smashes bus

delhi Updated: Mar 17, 2009 01:06 IST
Sidhartha Roy
Sidhartha Roy
Hindustan Times
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A passenger coach of Kingfisher Airlines was damaged at the Delhi Airport due to jet blast from a Jet Airways aircraft that was taxiing. The incident happened on March 8 near bay number 16 of the airport when, according to sources, the Kingfisher passenger coach was passing behind a Jet airways aircraft that was taxiing out. “The coach number 9492 was taking passengers who had come by a flight from Hyderabad to the arrival terminal. As it was passing behind Jet Airways aircraft, the jet blast from the plane’s engine damaged the coach’s door,” said an airport source who doesn’t wish to be identified.

“Thankfully there were not many passengers in the coach but they were shocked when the door just blasted away and fell inside. The door glass was shattered but no one was injured,” he said. “As jet blast is invisible, the passengers couldn’t understand why the door got damaged.”

The coach made its journey to the arrival terminal were the passengers de-boarded and the coach was sent for repair.

Jet blast is the rapid air movement produced by the jet engines of aircraft while it’s taking off or while taxiing. Large Jet engine aircraft can produce blast of up to 160 km/h intensity, which can even flatten buildings.

The Jet Airways spokesman didn’t comment on the incident and the Kingfisher Airlines spokesman couldn’t be reached despite repeated attempts.

A senior Kingfisher official said on condition of anonymity that the coach was stationary at the time of the incident. “The coach was stationary and the plane was taxiing in front of it. There were three other coaches standing along side that suffered cracks,” he said.

“A jet aircraft is given minimum power (thrust) while taxiing for a low ground speed and goes full throttle only during take-off but it seems in this case the pilot must have given more thrust than what was required, resulting in a strong jet blast,” the airport source said. “This is a violation of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) rules,” he said.