Why is your plane in the middle of a major aviation disaster?
Posted October 13, 2019 06:01:13The pilot of an Airbus A321 that crashed in the northern Indian city of Chennai last month has confirmed that his plane was in the centre of a disaster that had been unfolding for more than a week.
The pilot, who has been identified as Vikram Mufarlane, said his aircraft, which is one of the two in the Airbus A319 fleet, was flying at a height of nearly 30,000 feet when it crashed into the ocean at around 2:30am on September 30, causing the plane to lose control.
The A319 is one the largest passenger aircrafts in the world, but has experienced a spate of crashes this year.
In a statement, the airline confirmed that Mufaddin’s plane crashed into a water landing in the city’s Marina Bay area.
“As a precautionary measure, we have removed all of our A319s from service, which means that the aircrafts are no longer flying, except as part of the emergency response,” it said.
“The aircrafts that were flying, as well as those that were not, are being analysed to determine what happened and to determine if further action is required.
The airline said that passengers travelling with the A319 would not be affected.”
We have notified all relevant authorities, including the police and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), about the incident,” it added.
The plane was flying from Hyderabad to New Delhi on September 29 when it came down.
The pilot said he lost contact with his aircraft after about two hours of flying, and was not sure what had happened.”
There was no distress call.
We were flying at around 30,500 feet and then we lost contact.
We don’t know what happened.
We have been looking for the aircraft since then,” he told the Times of India newspaper.”
I was travelling in the same flight that crashed and was in contact with the aircraft.
The aircraft was flying like that.
There was no emergency.
It was in a good condition.
But, at the same time, the aircraft is now missing,” he said.
The accident happened in the waters of the Marina Bay, which runs parallel to the river Ganges.
It was the second major aviation accident to hit Chennai in a week after a Boeing 777 crashed in a popular tourist spot, killing all 217 people on board.
The Indian Civil Aviation Authority (ICAO) on Monday said it was investigating the cause of the accident, but it did not elaborate.