Cessna Incident: DGCA Probe On

The front wheel of a newly-acquired Cessna flown by a trainee pilot had buckled while landing at the Thiruvananthapuram Airport last week

Published: 25th February 2014 08:17 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th February 2014 08:17 AM   |  A+A-


An investigation has been launched into the incident where the front wheel of a Cessna buckled while landing at the Thiruvananthapuram Airport last week.

 The Cessna was being flown by a trainee pilot at the time of the mishap. He escaped unhurt. The front portion of the small aircraft sustained serious damage in the ill-fated landing.

 The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an inquiry into the incident. A team of officials from DGCA inspected the aircraft on Sunday. The American-made Cessna 172-R is a very recent acquisition of state government-undertaking Rajiv Gandhi Academy for Aviation Technology.

 It was inducted into the fleet on February 7, taking the total fleet strength to four. The academy is planning to add a twin-engine aircraft and a light-sport aircraft to its fleet. Last week, the academy also inaugurated a new hangar.

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