At least five passengers were yet to get off a Vistara flight when one of the aerobridge got detached from the aircraft door at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday. The flight was carrying passengers from Delhi to Ahmedabad.
Although the incident wasn't a serious one, the aviation safety regulator's preliminary report found that one end of the aerobridge gave in while the passengers were still using it to get off the aircraft. This incident delayed the journeys of Delhi-bound passengers who scheduled to fly by the same aircraft.
"It could have been fatal for the passengers stepping on the aerobridge when the incident took place," said Lalit Gupta, joint director general (air safety) with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). He also added that 'appropriate action' would be taken after getting a detailed report in the matter.
Trouble for the newly launched Vistara flight didn't end there as the DGCA primary report also stated that a technician called in to fix the glitch met with serious injury when his fingers got stuck in the aircraft door. According to Ahmedabad airport officials, the worker, Bhavesh Prajapati would require surgery and was recuperating at a city hospital.
"We are also probing the cause of the incident and whether there was any negligence on either sides," said Sanjay Brahmane, deputy director general (air safety) western region. Brahmane's team is investigating the matter.
Airport officials added that the incident had caused a huge dent on the aircraft and a significant portion of the aerobridge canopy was also damaged.
This is the first reported mishap involving the less than two-month-old Vistara.
A Vistara spokesperson confirmed an incident involving the aircraft exit and the aerobridge but did not respond to HT's specific queries on the DGCA's preliminary probe.
"Owing to a problem in the moving aerobridge, the front door of Vistara's stationary aircraft got damaged while the aircraft was being prepared to operate from Ahmedabad to Delhi in the afternoon on Monday, February 23, 2015. The aircraft door got damaged while the ground personnel at the Ahmedabad airport were repositioning the aerobridge. The passengers were informed of the incident and were transferred on the subsequent flight plying on that route. Airport authorities are investigating the cause of the incident," he said.