Visakhapatnam: Quick reflexes enabled the pilot of Vijayawada-Vizag IndiGo to save the flight from a major disaster on Friday night. Upon landing at around 4.30 p.m., the pilot felt the ATR plane vibrate due to the high speed winds caused by Cyclone Jawad and instead of landing the plane, he brought it back to the Vijayawada airport in a safe place. Air traffic control cleared the flight to land earlier.
Confirming the incident, Visakhapatnam K Srinivasa Rao International Airport said it was a wise decision on the part of the pilot not to land in bad weather.
“The pilot reported an unstable approach and decided to depart. If he had landed there could have been a major disaster. All the passengers would have left as well as the aircraft,” said the manager. Chronicle of the Deccan. Practically, it took off a few meters above the runway, said a passenger.
A senior government official on board the flight said the plane vibrated as if it was about to crash.
“I was out of breath for a few seconds,” the official told this reporter after he landed in Vijayawada.
The airport manager said the Air India Express, which skidded off the runway and plunged into a gorge at Calicut airport on August 7 last year, killing 21 passengers, including two pilots, had faced a similar situation. The pilots, after two flashbacks, took the risk and landed, causing a catastrophe.
âBut today the IndiGo pilot made a wise decision and returned to Vijayawada saving precious lives,â said Srinivasa Rao. Incidentally, Srinivasa Rao was the manager of the Calicut airport when the disaster struck.