Rabbits behind near-miss on Ahmedabad runway

In yet another case of an air miss, an incident between IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft was averted at Ahmedabad airport after the pilot of the latter aircraft found rabbits on the airstrip.

Published: 26th February 2017 04:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th February 2017 04:14 AM   |  A+A-

SpiceJet airlines (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: In yet another case of an air miss, an incident between IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft was averted at Ahmedabad airport after the pilot of the latter aircraft found rabbits on the airstrip.

According to official sources, the incident occurred on Friday evening when a SpiceJet flight had to abort take-off at the last minute as an IndiGo plane could not clear the runway due to the presence of rabbits.


The matter has been reported the aviation regulator, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). According to sources, the SpiceJet pilot saw that the Indigo flight was still on the runway whereas it was supposed to be off the runway by then.

They were asked to enter backtrack and wait departure clearance. However, a moment later air traffic control at Ahmedabad intervened.

The pilot of Indigo reported that there were some rabbits on the runway and this required the ATC to advise SpiceJet to hold position, forcing the pilot to abort take-off at the last minute. As the IndiGo pilot stopped the aircraft, the nose of the aircraft was still on taxiway and tail of aircraft still on the runway.

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