Scores of passengers travelling on an internal airport shuttle escaped unhurt when a taxiing Air India flight’s wing narrowly missed their coach at Jabalpur airport on Saturday around noon.
The coach was ferrying passengers from a SpiceJet flight from Delhi, which had landed minutes back, to the airport terminal.
According to sources, around 30 passengers exited the coach after one of them spotted an Air India flight’s wing too close to the shuttle.
The Air India plane had not maintained a safe distance from objects at the time of taxiing, sources said.
According to sources, there was no proper marshalling of the aircraft which resulted in the safety lapse. Marshalling refers to visual signals used by the person on the ground and the pilot concerned for manouvering the aircraft at the time of take off and landing.
Reportedly the on-duty Air India technician was missing and thus the plane was marshalled by an unknown person.
While the Air Traffic Controller office at Jabalpur was informed of the incident, it is still unclear whether this was brought to the attention of the DGCA.
There were no immediate comments from SpiceJet and Air India.