Pune Airport Accident: DGCA Team Arrives to Investigate Air India Incident

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Viman Nagar, 18th May 2024: An Air India flight traveling from Pune to Delhi encountered a major accident on Thursday when it was struck by a ‘push back tug’ (tractor) at the Pune airport. Given the severity of the incident, a three-member team from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) arrived at Pune airport from Delhi on Friday morning to investigate.

Upon their arrival, the team conducted inspections of the accident site and questioned the relevant staff and officials. This marks the second serious accident at Pune airport within a week, prompting the DGCA to launch thorough investigations into both incidents.

Thursday’s accident resulted in extensive damage to the aircraft, rendering it unfit for passenger service. Consequently, the aircraft will remain parked on the airport’s taxi tract until repairs are completed, leading to significant financial losses for Air India.

The investigation primarily focuses on ground staff to determine the cause of the mishap and identify those responsible. The findings will be compiled into a report and submitted to the DGCA for further action.

Santosh Dhoke, Director of Pune Airport, emphasized the seriousness of the accident and the airport’s commitment to preventing future incidents. Airport staff and airlines have been reminded of safety protocols, and strict measures will be taken against any violations.