Mumbai: An Alliance Air ATR 72-600 aircraft took off from Mumbai airport to Bhuj on Wednesday morning, with 70 on board flew to Gujarat without its engine cover, which had fallen off on the runway.
According to the details, the cowl fell off on the runway at the airport while the flight was preparing to depart. Though the flight landed safely at the Bhuj airport, a probe has been initiated into the incident against the airlines, a DGCA official said.
The issue was reported by the Mumbai Air traffic controller (ATC) soon after the flight took off.
Commenting on the incident, a source with the Mumbai airport said, “Alliance Air was scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Bhuj, while the aircraft’s engine cowl fell on the runway and took off without an engine cover.”
Pictures shared by news agency ANI showed the plane without its engine cowl.
An Alliance Air ATR aircraft landed safely at Bhuj from Mumbai after a part of the engine cowling fell down during take-off this morning. The flight had taken off from Mumbai. Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated an inquiry. pic.twitter.com/gEdH0nN5Dn
— ANI (@ANI) February 9, 2022
“It was reported by Mumbai ATC that Engine Cowling has been found on runway side after takeoff. It appeared to be from ATR aircraft VT-RKJ at BOM which was operating 91-625(BOM-BHJ). The aircraft is still in continuation of flight,” Mumbai airport official said.
Captain Amit Singh, an aviation expert, blamed poor maintenance work for the incident.
“Incidents of cowl separation usually occur post maintenance activity if latches are not secured. The crew is also expected to ensure that the engine cowl is sited before commencing the flight,” he said.