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Shuttle Bus Crashes into Airplane in India

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | December 29, 2015

Shuttle Bus Crashes into Airplane in India

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In India, a passenger shuttle bus smashed into a parked airplane and became stuck under its wing for over 100 hours.

According to a report from India Today, a Jet Airways shuttle bus crashed into an Air India ATR aircraft at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata last week, but it took engineers over five days to separate the two vehicles.

There were no injuries reported in the incident.

Over the weekend, Air India's recovery team joined forces with the Mumbai Engineering division and the Engineering team of Kolkata to use pneumatic jacks to lift the wing of the aircraft high enough to pull the bus from the wreckage.

The recovery teams finally managed to separate the plane from the bus Sunday.

An official from Air India official told India Today, “The aircraft sustained extensive damage on the right engine, right landing gear and also some other parts because of which the flight operations to Silchar and Shillong had to be canceled. AAI, Police, CISF and other authorities have taken serious note of this gross act of negligence and are investigating the incident.”

Thankfully, the accident was not as bad as it could have been if the bus had caused an explosion when it ran into the aircraft’s engine. The motor of the plane was not running at the time as it prepared for the takeoff process, and that’s one of the main reasons no explosion occurred.

The crash caused major damage to the aircraft's engine, though, and forced the cancellation of two subsequent flights. The investigation by the airport, authorities, both airlines involved and their insurances companies is in progress.


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