Two GoAir pilots suspended for serious incident at Bangalore airport in November


NEW DELHI : Indian aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended two pilots of Wadia Group controlled GoAir after an airline’s flight was involved in a ‘serious incident’ while flying between Nagpur and Bangalore in November.

GoAir-operated G8-811, an Airbus A320neo aircaft (VT-WGR), was involved in a serious incident in Bangalore on 11 November, a senior DGCA official said.

DGCA investigation has revealed that the flight crew continued to land after losing visual reference at about 50 feet over Bangalore, thus violating the mandatory civil aviation requirements.

“The crew considered wrong visual reference as runway centerline and maneuvered the aircraft to the left of Runway 9,” the official said adding that the co-pilot “failed to give callout for deviation.”

The regulator has suspended the commander and first officer of the flight for three and six months respectively.

GoAir has recently faced the regulator’s rap for overworking upto a fourth of its pilots strength.

DGCA had on 7 January issued notices to GoAir for overworking more than 150 pilots, violating a mandatory flight duty time limitation (FDTL).

The regulator has set such limitations in order to prevent fatigue among pilots and flight attendants as it can potentially cause safety issues in the air.


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