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According to the DGCA, the aircraft which took off from Mumbai to Durgapur on Sunday came in contact with atmospheric disturbances while landing and 14 passengers and three airliners were injured.
Aviation regulator of India Directorate General of Civil Aviation (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) announced on Monday that it will join SpiceJet (Spicejet) of Mumbai-Durgapur (Mumbai-Durgapur) is inspecting the entire fleet of the airline following the incident of 17 passengers being injured due to exposure to a severe atmospheric disturbance on Sunday while landing. The DGCA said that pending the investigation, the crew of the aircraft, the aircraft maintenance engineer and the effective of SpiceJet Maintenance Control Center have been removed from the roster. The DGCA said that the aircraft with which the incident took place on Sunday has been grounded in Kolkata. Rest of the SpiceJet aircraft are in operation.
According to SpiceJet’s website, it has 91 aircraft in its fleet. According to the DGCA, the aircraft which took off from Mumbai to Durgapur on Sunday came in contact with an atmospheric disturbance during the landing and injured 14 passengers and three flight crew. Also, it further states that two passengers are currently in the ICU, one of whom has suffered a head injury and the other has a spinal cord injury. The DGCA said that the DGCA has removed the concerned crew, AME and in-charge of the maintenance control center of SpiceJet from the roster pending investigation. Also said that the concerned aircraft is standing in Kolkata. As a regulatory measure, the DGCA is inspecting the entire fleet of SpiceJet.
DGCA formed a team to investigate the incident
At the same time, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said in the matter that the atmospheric disturbance of the flight while landing at Durgapur and the damage caused to the passengers is very unfortunate. DGCA has constituted a team to investigate the incident. He said that the matter is being dealt with with utmost seriousness and efficiency. Scindia said more details about the cause of the incident would be shared after the investigation is completed. According to the DGCA, there were 195 people on board the Mumbai-Durgapur flight, including two pilots and four other crew members. Also told that the plane took off from Mumbai airport at around 5:13 pm on Sunday.
The DGCA said that during the landing, the aircraft encountered a strong atmospheric disturbance. During this period the autopilot was not working for two minutes and the crew flew the plane. The pilot told the Durgapur air traffic controller that some passengers were injured due to atmospheric disturbances and requested for medical help after the plane landed.
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