Accident Boeing 737-86N (WL) VT-GHE,
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Date:Saturday 20 February 2021
Type:Silhouette image of generic B738 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 737-86N (WL)
Owner/operator:Air India Express
Registration: VT-GHE
MSN: 60698/6096
Year of manufacture:2016
Total airframe hrs:17556 hours
Engine model:CFMI CFM56-7B27E
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 70
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:Vijayawada Airport (VGA) -   India
Phase: Taxi
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Doha-Hamad International Airport (DOH/OTHH)
Destination airport:Vijayawada Airport (VGA/VOBZ)
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Air India Express flight IX1676, a Boeing 737-800, hit a light pole during taxi at Vijayawada Airport (VGA), India.
The aircraft had landed on runway 08 at 07:11 UTC and was cleared to back track on runway 08, vacate via taxiway A and park at bay No. 04.
After entering taxiway A, the Pilot Flying appeared confused and asked the Pilot Monitoring about the assigned right turn for the parking bay. At that moment the PM was also confused. The markings on the apron were faded. However, the PF had turned the aircraft to the right and the aircraft was taxing slowly. Subsequently, the right wing hit one of the flood light mast on the apron.
The right-hand wing leading edge slats no 7 & 8 were damaged.

Probable cause`:
The probable cause of accident was due to crew not following correct taxi marking.
Contributory Factor
i. Aeronautical charts published by AAI were not updated.
ii. Non-standard taxiway and apron marking.
iii. As PM was busy in head down duty, the outside situation was not being monitored while taxing.
iv. Lack of surveillance by ATC.
v. No action taken by aerodrome operator on repetitive observation by regulator on aerodrome marking.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: AAIB India
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 6 months
Download report: Final report


History of this aircraft

Other occurrences involving this aircraft
16 July 2017 VT-GHE Air India Express 0 Mangaluru International Airport (IXE/VOML) non
Runway excursion


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