Air India on Thursday said that it grounded two pilots after its Hong Kong flight ‘descended rapidly and deviated from the normal glide path at Hong Kong International Airport.’ The incident took place on October 20 at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA).

The Hong Kong bound flight Boeing 787 (VT-ANE) Dreamliner carrying 197 passengers and 10 crew members escaped a major mishap in a hasty attempt to land the plane. The flight had originated from Delhi and was to land in HKIA at 6:14 am(local time).

The incident had triggered a Ground Proximity Warning System (GPWS) alert, according to a “serious accident bulletin” issued by Hong Kong’s Transport and Housing Bureau (THB).

The incident happened when the Boeing 787 (VT-ANE) Dreamliner that originated from Delhi was about to land at 6.14 am(local time) at HKIA.

“The crew recovered the aircraft at about 200 feet above mean sea level (AMSL) before performing a go around,” the preliminary report by Honk Kong Transport and Housing Bureau stated.

The THB report further stated, “Before the approach to VHHH (HKIA), 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.”

Furthermore, a probe has been initiated by Air India. 


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