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SpiceJet pilots suspended after landing turboprop on wrong runway

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After landing the low-cost carrier’s de Havilland Dash 8-400 turboprop on the wrong runway at India’s Hyderabad Airport, two SpiceJet pilots have been temporarily suspended from active duty (HYD).

On October 24, 2021, the SpiceJet Dash 8-400 turboprop, registered as VT-SQC, was flying the daily regional flight SG-3733 between Hyderabad and Belgaum when it crashed.

The plane took off from Hyderabad Airport (HYD) at 10:17 a.m. (UTC) and was expected to land at Belgaum Airport (IXG) an hour later, according to flightradar24.com data.

The flight crew was given permission to land on runway 26 of the IXG airport runway by air traffic control (ATC). Rather, the turboprop landed on runway 08. When the plane touched down, it taxied to the apron, where people disembarked.

The flight crew, however, reportedly did not tell the airline about the situation and continued to fly SG-3734 back to HYD airport.

After the flight crew returned to Hyderabad, the airline received the news.

The Aircraft Accident Investigation Board of India (AAIB) launched an investigation after the pilots failed to report the event promptly.

The reasons why the flight crew disobeyed ATC instructions and landed the turboprop on the incorrect side of the runway are being investigated by the Indian authorities. It’s also looking into why the pilots didn’t notify the airline about the event.

As a result, SpiceJet has chosen to de-roster both pilots for the time being.

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