Private airline Indigo's plane hits aerobridge at Jaipur airport
In yet another frightening incident of extreme laxity by an Indian private sector airline, an Indigo aircraft suffered damage to one of its wings when it hit an aerobridge while being marshalled to the parking spot at Sanganer airport here. Officials said no one was injured in the incident.
Flight 6E-962 from Delhi with 174 passengers on board landed at the airport on Saturday morning. One of the wings of the plane collided with the aerobridge when the pilot was parking it on the apron, said M P Bansal, the acting director of the airport.
The airline in a statement said, "The aircraft came in contact with the aerobridge while being marshalled to the parking spot at the airport."
"There was no injury reported to anyone. Indigo has voluntarily reported the matter to the regulator. It is also being investigated by our internal safety department."
Last week, the Gurgaon-based no-frills airline commenced an services to Qatar from India with a direct flight to the capital city Doha from New Delhi. With the launch of this new flight, IndiGo now flies to four destinations —Sharjah, Dubai, Muscat and Doha — in the Middle-eastern region.
The same flight from Doha will fly to Mumbai from where it will be operated as Mumbai-Doha service, the airline said in a release. From Doha, it will fly back to New Delhi, it said.
IndiGo also plans to operate direct flights from Chennai and Kozhikode to Doha from July 20 onwards, the release said. "It gives us immense pleasure to add Doha to our growing network...it also reinforces our commitment towards the Middle-East region," IndiGo Chief Commercial Officer Sanjay Kumar said.