New Delhi: The recent narrow escape of planes at different airports in the country has set a widespread debate whether such accidents are resultant of bad weather and lapses on the part of pilots. Or is there something which is more chronic that inflicts the overall operational system of the Indian aviation.

Aspects like lack of coordination between the pilots and the air traffic controller and fault in the system are also being cited as the reasons behind the planes skidding off runways.

A Turkish Airlines plane (Airbus 340) with 104 people on board including 11 crew members skid off the Mumbai airport runway on Friday morning as a result of excessive rainfall. Fortunately, nobody was killed in the incident.

The landing gear of Airbus 340 aircraft got stuck in mud, immobilising it, an airport official said.

Now, the question arises even if it was raining heavily in Mumbai, planes do land and take off with quite ease in other parts of the world.

The landing and takeoff are at best delayed during heavy rains.

If this is reason behind those incidents, the permission for landing would not have been given to the pilots. So, where does the fault lie?

“We consider this as a serious incident and have ordered an inquiry,” Director General of Civil Aviation EK Bharat Bhushan said.

Sources in the aviation sector said the lack of coordination between the pilots and Air Traffic Control is one of the major reasons behind these incidents. It is worth mentioning that pilots from the Gulf countries have language problem in India.

It is the third incident in a span of one month. Earlier on Monday, a Gulf Airlines plane skid off the runway at Kochi. Similar incident was reported on July 20 at Kanpur.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) confirmed the fault of  pilot in the Kanpur incident, while investigation is still going on into the Kochi incident.

JPN/Bureau