An Alliance Air flight took off on Wednesday morning from the Mumbai airport with out its engine cowl (cowl), which fell off on the runway.
“Alliance Air was scheduled to fly from Mumbai to Bhuj, while the aircraft’s engine cowl fell on the runway and took off without an engine cover,” a Mumbai airport supply informed ANI. “The flight landed safely at Bhuj airport, and an investigation has started against the airlines,” a DGCA official informed ANI.
Soon after the flight took off from Mumbai, the Mumbai Air visitors controller (ATC) reported the difficulty. “It was reported by Mumbai ATC that Engine Cowling has been found on runway side after takeoff. It appeared to be from ATR aircraft VT-RKJ at BOM which was operating 91-625(BOM-BHJ). The aircraft is still in continuation of flight,” Mumbai airport official informed ANI.
Captain Amit Singh, an aviation knowledgeable, blamed poor upkeep work for the incident. “Incidents of cowl separation usually occur post maintenance activity if latches are not secured. The crew is also expected to ensure that the engine cowl is sited before commencing the flight,” he mentioned.