Last update: 05 Aug 2022, 19:15 IST
A Mumbai-bound Vistara flight returned to Varanasi after a bird strike on Friday, officials said. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said in a statement, “Vistara A320 aircraft VT-TNC operating flight UK622 (Varanasi-Mumbai) was involved in return journey to Varanasi due to bird strike. The aircraft landed safely in Varanasi and the radome was damaged. An aircraft is declared aircraft over ground (AOG).
An extension spokesperson said that another flight has been dispatched from Delhi to take passengers from Varanasi to Mumbai. “Vistara Flight UK 622 en route from Varanasi to Mumbai on 05 August 2022 returned to Varanasi due to bird strike. Another aircraft has been dispatched from Delhi to Varanasi to take the passengers to Mumbai as the aircraft requires maintenance checks. While safety is our top priority, we constantly strive to minimize the inconvenience to our customers in such unavoidable situations,” the statement said.
This is the second incident in two days when the Go First flight returned to Ahmedabad. Shortly after taking off from the Ahmedabad airport around 6.15 am on Thursday, the plane suffered a bird strike that forced the plane to turn back, PTI reported.
Meanwhile, the DGCA has dismissed concerns about regular snags and said the incidents are unlikely to wreak havoc. Aviation watchdog chief Arun Kumar had said last week that the country’s civil aviation sector is “absolutely safe” and all protocols laid down by the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) are followed.
In the wake of the technical difficulties faced by Indian airlines in recent weeks and the DGCA curtailing operations of SpiceJet, Kumar stressed that there was no need to panic as none of the reported/discussed incidents were likely to be sabotage. “All the issues experienced are routine and happen to all airlines and all fleet types. In the last 16 days, even for foreign operators coming to India, we have seen 15 technical glitches, which have been attended to and rectified,” Kumar told PTI.
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