Five Airbus A320neos sustained minor damage due to thunderstorm and strong winds at Ahemdabad Airport.
Three A320neos of IndiGo, with registration VT-ITD, VT- IVO, and VT-IVQ, whereas two A320neos of Go First, previously known as GoAir, were damaged in the incident. The Go First’s A320neos were registered as VT-WGV and VT-WJG.
The airlines have pulled these A320neos out of service for repairs and checks before returning them to service. In a statement, an IndiGo spokesperson said:
“Ahmedabad airport was hit by an unexpected thunderstorm with extremely high winds last evening. This impacted all airlines’ aircraft parked at Ahmedabad airport. Three IndiGo aircraft sustained minor/non-structural damages which will require replacement of certain parts.”
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A parked SpiceJet Boeing 737 was also pushed away from its original position due to the strong wind. However, a SpiceJet spokesperson confirmed that no structural damage was caused due to movement.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has launched an investigation into this incident and said that it would report the circumstances.
The aircraft of Air India and Vistara was not impacted by the sudden change in weather at Ahmedabad on Wednesday and Thursday earlier this week, as confirmed by their spokespersons.
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