IndiGo crew fails to report runway excursion at Mumbai airport

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An Airbus A320 operated by IndiGo was involved in an unreported runway excursion incident while landing at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) in Mumbai.

The aircraft, with registration VT-IEW, was operating flight 6E433 from Chandigarh to Mumbai on 9 March, with 140 passengers and crew on board. While landing at runway 27 at CSIA, the aircraft experienced a sudden gust of wind, causing it to veer off the runway into soft ground. The crew were, however, able to steer the aircraft back on to the runway and taxi to the terminal without further incident.

Media reports add that after arriving at the terminal, engineers replaced one of the tyres on the A320 and the incident was not reported to ground controllers at the airport.

The incident was detected minutes later when a routine inspection found that the runway edge lights had been damaged. As a result, the airport had to be closed for nearly 2h to replace the damaged lights and clear debris on the runway.

It was only after air traffic controllers were consulted that the IndiGo A320 was identified as the aircraft involved.

A spokeswoman for IndiGo says that officials from the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) have inspected the aircraft and "cleared it for further operations".

She adds that investigations into the incident by the DGCA and the airline's safety department are continuing.

Last year, IndiGo defended its safety record after the DGCA said that it had failed to report some incidents and that its flying crew had exceeded their duty time limits.

Flightglobal Pro data shows that IndiGo operates a fleet of 65 A320s and has orders for a further 204 A320s and A321s.