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Air India grounds 2 pilots after Hong Kong flight 'descended rapidly'

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

has grounded its two pilots after the aircraft "descended rapidly and deviated from the normal glide path" at International runway triggering a alert.

The incident happened on October 20 when the was approaching to land at International with 197 passengers and 10 crew members onboard at 6.14 am (local time).

"Before the approach to International Airport, the crew had received cautionary information from the Hong Kong arrival Automatic Terminal Information Service (ATIS) regarding the possibility of Instrument Landing System (ILS) glideslope fluctuation. At 06:08:17 hours, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) further advised the crew of the possible glide path signal fluctuation. At 06:11:00 hours, ATC cleared the aircraft for the instrument landing system (ILS) approach for Runway 07R," read a preliminary report.

"During the approach, the aircraft descended rapidly, triggering a (GPWS) alert on board the aircraft. The crew recovered the aircraft at about 200 feet above mean sea level, approximately 2.6 nautical miles from Runway 07R before performing a go around. The aircraft landed uneventfully on Runway 07R on the second approach," the reported further stated.

of Hong Kong's and Housing Bureau (THB) had ordered an investigation into the incident and the Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the of America and the (AAIB) of India, representing the State of Design and Manufacture and State of Registry of the aircraft respectively, were notified about the matter.

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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 17:15 IST