Aviation Body Suspends Spicejet Pilot For 6 Months Over Runway Incursion

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The pilot was flying the flight SEJ2988 from Ahmedabad to Jaipur on July 9.

New Delhi: 

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation or the DGCA on Tuesday suspended a SpiceJet pilot for six months for reaching the center of an “active runway” at Ahmedabad airport when a GoAir flight had already began its departure roll there, sources stated.

The pilot was flying the flight SEJ2988 from Ahmedabad to Jaipur on July 9.

“SpiceJet pilot-in-command (PIC) Vikram Singh Chauhan was issued a show cause notice by DGCA on August 22, asking why no action should be taken against him for endangering the safety of aircraft and passengers on board. On Tuesday, he was suspended for six months,” a supply advised PTI.

In its investigation, the DGCA discovered that regardless of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) telling the PIC to “hold at holding point RWY05” of taxiway B, and the primary officer repeating the identical ATC directions, Capt. Chauhan “breached” the holding level and reached the center of an lively runway, the supply stated.

“GoAir flight GOW913 had already started its departure roll when the SpiceJet plane reached into the middle of an active runway without any clearance from ATC,” the DGCA probe discovered, based on one other supply.

Moreover, the supply stated, when the PIC was advised by ATC to vacate the lively runway through taxiway A, he determined to not vacate as per the directions.

“Instead, the aircraft came back to the holding point RWY05 by applying reverse thrust once again without taking any clearance from ATC,” the supply advised PTI.

In response to the present trigger discover issued by DGCA, Capt. Chauhan accepted his mistake and defined that the entire incident occurred “due to error in judgement based on presumption and inadequate monitoring of ATC instructions”, the supply stated.

“As a result, the DGCA on Tuesday has suspended his pilot licence for a period of six months. This period would be calculated from July 12, 2019,” the supply added.

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