AI express plane accident: Pilot error caused mishap;DGCA officials visits Vijayawada airport

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Amaravati, Feb 23 (PTI) A team of officials from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation visited the Vijayawada Airport at Gannavaram on Tuesday and conducted a preliminary investigation into the freak accident involving an Air India Express Boeing aircraft here on February 20.

Official sources said pilot error caused the mishap in which the Boeing aircraft suffered a minor damage on its right wing after it hit an electric pole while taxiing on the runway.

According to sources, a Canadian woman pilot commanded the flight when the mishap occurred.

The aircraft landed here from Doha, en route Tiruchirappalli, but all 64 passengers aboard were safe.

'The DGCA team launched a preliminary investigation into the accident and is probing various aspects.It has also inspected the damaged aircraft and spoke at length with the Canadian pilot,' the sources said but refused to divulge more details as 'these things are confidential'.

The DGCA team is expected to continue its task on Wednesday as well. PTI DBV BN BN