“Go around captain”

“Go around captain,” is the last set of words heard probably from the cockpit of the Dubai-Mangalore Air India Express flight that overshot the runway on May 22 here and plunged into a wooded area at Kenjar village, killing 158 of 166 people on board.

A copy of the transcript of the communication between the pilot and the official manning the Air Traffic Control (ATC), obtained by media from the Court of Inquiry on its second day of sitting here on Wednesday, shows that the ATC told the pilot, “Wind calm, runway 24 clear to land,” at 6.04.17 a.m. To this, it got the following reply five seconds later (6.04.22 a.m.): “Clear to land Express.” The transcript says that the words “Go around captain” were heard 16 seconds later (6.04.38 a.m.), adding that they may have emanated from the cockpit.

Exactly 26 second later (6.05.04 a.m.), the ATC tower told the crew, “Express India 812 back track runway 24, vacate via Delta.” Seventeen seconds later (6.05.21 a.m.) the word “control” was heard.

The copy describes the voice heard as “panic voice probably from cockpit.” Within next 18 seconds, the ATC made two attempts to contact the pilot. First it said “Express India 812, Mangalore control correction Express India 812 Mangalore Tower” and then it called, “Express India 812, Mangalore Tower.”

No further conversation is recorded in the transcript supplied.

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