The Mumbai air traffic control (ATC) office reported a case of safety violation against pilots operating a Spicejet flight carrying close to 100 passengers to Bangalore from Mumbai on Sunday.
According to the report filed with the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) the Spicejet aircraft entered the runway acting on a line up call meant for an Air India flight to Delhi. A pilot is supposed to get in position for take off acting on line up call. The incident took place around 11:30 am when the Air India and the Spicejet aircraft were awaiting take off clearance on adjacent taxiways November 4 and November 3 respectively.
The Spicejet aircraft (SG 151) misread the instructions from the ATC and entered the runway along with the AI plane. As a result, there were three aircraft on the runway at a time. Although none of the planes were on collision course, airport officials said that it was a safety lapse described as “runway incursion”.
“We have reported the case to the DGCA because misreading instruction from the ATC indicates a problem in a pilots’ cockpit resource management (CRM) training,” said a senior ATC official requesting anonymity.
A Spicejet spokesperson denied any lapse. “Seems there was some misunderstanding. We are awaiting more clarity from ATC, Mumbai,” said the spokesperson.