NEW DELHI: Two pilots of a “Jet Airways” plane were suspended on Friday, after the plane made an emergency landing at Trivandrum airport, without mandatory reserve fuel equipment. As many as 142 passengers and eight crew members were on board when the plane traveling from Doha to Kochi, made a narrow escape making an emergency landing.
Coming to the details, a Jet Airways plane which was intended to land in Kochi has made an emergency landing in the Trivandrum airport citing “fuel emergency” as the cause for the landing. Sources said that the plane has failed to land in Kochi despite three go-arounds due to bad weather.
Sources said that the commander has not directed the plane to the nearest airport i.e., Bangalore in the case of emergency and instead diverted the plane towards Trivandrum. Officials said that Trivandrum airport also had bad weather and the plane was able to land only in the fourth attempt.
The incident showcased the violation of aircraft fuel norms. According to the norms, the DGCA’s fuel policy, an aircraft should carry taxi fuel, trip fuel, contingency fuel (which is five per cent of the trip fuel), alternative fuel as well as holding fuel for 30 minutes, the Times of India reports.
The Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which made an emergency landing in the Trivandrum airport was on reserve and was left with only 270-kg of air fuel against the mandatory 1,500kg of fuel after the landing in Trivandrum airport.
The incident has compelled the aviation ministry to update the existing norms of aircraft alternative fuels. DMCA has ordered an investigation into the case.