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SpiceJet flight escapes accident at Goa airport

An accident involving a SpiceJet flight was averted at the Goa International Airport at Dabolim on Tuesday with the timely detection by a runway controller at the Naval Air Station INS Hansa of non-deployment of the aircraft nose landing gear. 

A Navy spokesperson said the Spicejet flight from Surat was on the final approach for landing when runway controller leading airman (Air Handler) Ramesh Tigga noticed the anomaly of the Bombardier Q-400 turboprop aircraft. 

“The runway controller immediately alerted the ATC tower, where duty air traffic controller Lt Cdr Harmeet Kaur informed the coming aircraft to abort the landing and make a second attempt after a 'go-around',” the spokesperson said.

The second attempt too proved unsuccessful and the front landing gear was partially deployed only on the third attempt. 

“The flight landed safely at 8.05 a.m. under assistance of emergency and safety services to recover the aircraft. The alert action of naval air traffic and safety services prevented the SpiceJet flight and all its passengers from a major accident at Goa airfield,” the spokesperson added.

A SpiceJet spokesperson said the landing was normal and safe. “During approach, when the landing gear was selected to down position, the nose landing gear door amber light remained on. Hence, the pilot carried out a precautionary ‘go-around.’ The pilot suspected that the nose landing gear was not fully down and locked. He informed the ATC and requested for a ‘visual check’ of his nose landing gear. The aircraft flew past the ATC for the ‘visual check’, and the ATC conveyed that the landing gear was not down. As per the Standard Operating Procedure, all emergency services were activated and the pilot executed a precautionary landing. On landing the nose gear was found to be down and locked,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

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