5th April, 2021
SpiceJet aircraft from Kolkata to Chennai with 50 passengers lost contact with Kolkata airport half an hour after takeoff. The communication with the air traffic control (ATC) of Visakhapatnam was restored at around midnight after one and a half hours. During this time the aircraft remained missing for about one and a half hours. According to sources, a SpiceJet aircraft took off from Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport at 12:15 pm on Saturday with 50 passengers to Chennai.
The small Q-400 aircraft was flying at an altitude of over 24,000 feet. ATC lost radio contact with the aircraft abruptly at around 12:48 pm from Bhubaneswar. Actually, there is constant communication between the pilot and ATC about altitude, aircraft speed, inclement weather, and emergency. Through radar, pictures of the aircraft continue to be seen on the ATC monitor, seeing that the ATC keeps instructing the pilot. After losing contact with the aircraft, ATC tried to communicate with the emergency frequency. But he failed. Finally, pilots of other aircraft flying around the area were contacted. They were asked if they could communicate with the SpiceJet aircraft in any way. But despite trying, the pilots of other aircraft failed to communicate with the pilots of SpiceJet.
All other airports were notified from Kolkata ATC. On the way from Kolkata to Chennai, pilots first approach ATC at Calcutta Airport, then ATC at Visakhapatnam, then ATC from Chennai. After this, the planes land.
The aircraft established communication at 2:10 pm
According to Kolkata airport sources, after continuous efforts, SpiceJet aircraft established communication with ATC of Visakhapatnam Airport at 2:10 pm. ATC officials thereafter breathed a sigh of relief. Let us tell you that in addition to reaching the destination, there is extra fuel in the aircraft to land at the two nearby airports.
DGCA is investigating the incident
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is investigating this incident. Because the aircraft does not have contact with ATC for one and a half hours is not a normal occurrence. The DGCA, after talking to SpiceJet officials in this regard, submitted a detailed report to the aviation ministry on Monday. Initial investigations are believed to have occurred due to the loss of radio communication contacts.
Malaysian aircraft went missing in 2014
Likewise, in March 2014, a Malaysia Airlines plane with 227 passengers went missing from the skies of the Gulf of South China in March 2014 and could not get back in touch with ATC even after hours and never got back.
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