Tuesday, October 17, 2017, 6:59 pm

168 people survive as Jet Airways plane’s tail hits runway on landing


NEW DELHI: Nearly 168 people had a narrow escape when the tail of a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai to Dhaka hit the runway on landing at the Dhaka International airport.

The incident reportedly took place last week.

The Indian airline decided to take the pilots concerned off duty.

The B737-800 aircraft has been grounded and a team from Boeing company is expected to visit Dhaka to assess the extent of damage to the plane while engineers from Jet Airways has already started the assessment, PTI said quoting sources.

The incident, which happened on January 22, has been reported to aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation).

DGCA sources said Bangladesh’s aviation authorities are expected to investigate the incident since it happened in Dhaka.

According to them, if the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Bangladesh, which is the country’s aviation regulatory body, decides not to probe the incident, then AAIB may take up the investigation.

When contacted, Jet Airways confirmed the “tail strike” incident, PTI said.

Shivakumar appointed as financial controller

Naresh Goyal-promoted Jet Airways has appointed M Shivakumar, who had earlier served the airline as senior vice president, as its financial controller.

Sources said Shivakumar is expected to assume the new position soon.

He returns to the Mumbai-based full service carrier after more than four year. He had quit the company as senior vice president of finance in July 2012 along with then company secretary Monica Chopra.

When contacted, Shivakumar did not offer any comments about his appointment.

In his capacity as companys financial controller, Shivakumar would be in-charge of budgetary control, management information system and financial reporting, among others.

He is joining back Jet Airways from Sanmar Group that has business interests in chemicals, shipping, engineering and metals.

Shiv Kumar had also served GVK-run Mumbai International Airport as well as Tata Groups Taj Hotels Resorts & Palaces.

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