Two SpiceJet pilots suspended for improper landing at Mangaluru airport

New Delhi, Feb 13 (Agencies): Two SpiceJet pilots have been suspended today for an improper landing at Mangaluru International Airport which damaged three runway edge lights.

The incident took place on October 31 last year when the private carrier's Boeing 737 aircraft was returning from Dubai.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the licenses of the pilots for four-and-half months from the date of the incident.

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DGCA had issued a show cause notice to the Pilot in Command and the First Officer demanding explanation of the "lapses" and found their replies unsatisfactory, the aviation watchdog said in a statement.


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  • Ajith, Riyadh

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    It says 4.5 months suspension from the day of incident happening!!! Very funny. Not even a month left for the for 4.5 months. It happens only in India..

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  • Joseph, Qatar

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    In an electrifying speedy telecommunication age it's
    unbelievable that last year's incident now appears here after an entire 3.5 months lull ... maybe it took time to decide in the first place whether this not important news should have been reported.

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  • Francis, mangalore

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Let the authorities find out the root cause of the failure.
    Aircraft like any other machine requires precise maintenance scheme.
    Table top runway like Mangalore demands highly skilled pilots especially landing is very critical.
    Turbulant weather may cause deviations in aerodynamics for which they are trained but decision making requires experience in similar situations.

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  • Kishore Kumar, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    ... Jet airways was flying from this Managluru table top airport for decades without any single incidence !!!

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    What the pilots need is a CCTV-camera mounted on them - observing their actions - for at least four hours of the flight.

    A report says: "3.8% of deceased pilots tested positive for illicit drugs from 2008-2012".

    The traveling public has a right to know the mental condition and alertness of the drivers/pilots.

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  • Anthony H Crasta, Granville/Sydney

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    Pilots, just like any other drivers on the road, carry a lot of responsibility for the safety of so many co-passengers, besides their own life, and hence, need to be more careful and diligent while performing their duties at all times. Right punitive action taken by the DGCA.

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  • Rita, Germany

    Fri, Feb 14 2020

    I feel it was too hard for the first time to suspend them.Could have given a warning,and repeated improper landing could suspend them.Failure can happen to anyone.Our mangalore airport isnt broad and long enough for a flight to land.well, it is also not good as a Passanger to land rudely or can also become more dangerous .

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