DGCA hands one-year suspension to SpiceJet pilots for overshooting Mumbai runway

The incident happened on the Coimbatore-Mumbai flight on July 2
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India’s aviation regulator DGCA on Saturday suspended two SpiceJet pilots for a year as their B737 aircraft made a late touchdown at the Mumbai airport — overshooting the runway on July 2, according to reports.

"The DGCA found that SpiceJet's Coimbatore-Mumbai flight, which was being flown by the two pilots — Captain Karun Gujral and Captain Arpit Gandhi — on July 2, touched down approximately 4,462 feet from the runway threshold. This led to runway overrun," a source told Indian news agency PTI.

The runway threshold area is the point from where the runway begins.

"The B737 aircraft flown by these two pilots was floating for a long time before touchdown, the DGCA found in its investigation," the source added.

Both the pilots were issued show-cause notices on July 4 and they were asked to give a reply within 15 days by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the sources said.

Earlier, the DGCA suspended the licences of two other SpiceJet pilots for a year. Captain Ajinkya Hanchate and Tushar Dasgupta were involved in an accident while landing at Mumbai airport on July 1.

The accident led the main runway being closed for about 96 hours in peak monsoon season, leading to cancellations and delayed flights. The Boeing 737 aircraft was arriving from Jaipur in rain at the Mumbai airport when the accident happened.

Pilots said the speed at which the aircraft lands, especially in the rain, is important as the aircraft should touch down at the correct point, which is typically the first 3,000 feet of the runway.piceJet pilots for a year as their B737 aircraft made a late touchdown at the Mumbai airport — overshooting the runway on July 2, according to a Hindustan Times report.

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