NEW DELHI: 168 people onboard a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai had a narrow escape after the tail of the aircraft hit the runway on landing at the Dhaka International airport, prompting the airline to remove the pilots from duty.
The B737 aircraft has been grounded and a team from Boeing company is expected to visit Dhaka to assess the extent of damage to the plane while engineers from Jet Airways have already started the assessment, sources said.
The incident has been reported to aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).
DGCA sources said Bangladesh’s aviation authorities are expected to investigate the incident since it happened in Dhaka.
According to them, if the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Bangladesh, which is the country’s aviation regulatory body, decides not to probe the incident, then AAIB may take up the investigation.
When contacted, Jet Airways confirmed the “tail strike” incident.
The flight 9W-276 from Mumbai to Dhaka had 160 guests and eight crew members when it had a “tail strike” on landing at Dhaka airport. There were no injuries to guests or crew, all of whom deplaned safely, the airline said.