ASN Aircraft accident Boeing 737-86N (WL) VT-GHE Vijayawada Airport (VGA)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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)
Operator:Air India Express
Registration: VT-GHE
MSN: 60698/6096
First flight: 2016-09-19 (4 years 5 months)
Total airframe hrs:17556
Engines: 2 CFMI CFM56-7B27E
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 70
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Vijayawada Airport (VGA) (   India)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Doha-Hamad International Airport (DOH/OTHH), Qatar
Destination airport:Vijayawada Airport (VGA/VOBZ), India
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:

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
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 205 days (7 months)
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Doha-Hamad International Airport to Vijayawada Airport as the crow flies is 3156 km (1973 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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