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Indigo pilot at Jammu airport averts repeat of Mangalore

india Updated: May 31, 2010 00:32 IST
Amir Karim Tantray

A major air tragedy was averted on Sunday, when an Indigo airlines flight from Srinagar aborted landing at Jammu airport and became air borne again. This incident took place at around 1.55 pm.

The aircraft managed to land successfully in a second attempt.

123 passengers were on board the Indigo airlines flight from Srinagar to Delhi via Jammu.

At the time of landing, the aircraft flew beyond the landing area on the runway. When the pilot realized this he took off again, without letting the plane touch the ground and averted what may have been a major air tragedy.

“At the time of landing Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials cancelled the landing clearance and the aircraft had to take off again and after that getting clearance from ATC again, the air craft landed successfully,” said Indigo Airlines Manager Dev Prateen Choudhary.

“All passengers are safe and the second attempt of landing was successful. Now, the flight has left for Delhi and has reached there as well,” he added.

“There was nothing to worry about the incident as it is normal routine and happens when ATC (Air Traffic Control) cancel landing clearance at the last moment,” Choudhary said.

Sources at the airport said, “The aircraft over-flew from the actual landing area and the pilot of the aircraft showed his extraordinary skills and was able to save the lives of people when he managed to take off again after seeing that he had over flew (sic) from the actual landing zone."

Rejecting the claims of Indigo airlines that ATC cancelled the clearance for landing at the last moment, an ATC official, requesting anonymity, said, “We had given the clearance to the aircraft for landing. Rest what happened, the Indigo airlines better knows.”

On May 22, an Air India Boeing-737 plane, on way from Dubai to Mangalore overshot the runway and crashed at Mangalore airport killing 158 passengers and crew.