2 SpiceJet Pilots Suspended by DGCA For Damaging Runway Edge Lights of Mangaluru Airport

Two SpiceJet pilots were on Thursday suspended by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) for over four months for damaging the runway edge lights of Mangaluru airport while landing a B737 plane. Notably, the incident took place on October 31 last year when the aircraft was coming from Dubai.

“An investigation has revealed that the aircraft touched down left of the centreline and deviated further to the left and the delayed corrective input by the crew led to the damage to three runwjay edge lights,” the DGCA said in a statement.

Further, the DGCA had issued show-cause notices to the pilot-in-command and the flight’s first officer demanding an explanation on the “lapses”.

The reply sent by both pilots was deemed to be “not satisfactory” and the regulator suspended the license held by them for four-and-a-half months, the document stated.

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