Pilots to shut down wrong engine after bird strike report reveals


Delhi - A DGCA probe reveals that GoAir Pilots shut down the wrong engine after a bird strike incident.

The incident happened on June 21, 2017 on an A320 aircraft of the Indian carrier with 156 passengers on board. Due to a bird strike just after takeoff from Delhi Airport, pilots decided to shut down engine number 1 instead of engine number 2 which was, in fact, the affected engine, the report of India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation dated November 5, 2018, says.

Pilots suddenly noticed the abnormal sound and vibrations on the aircraft, but decided to continue for takeoff. The plane continued to climb on a single engine for over three minutes, the report added.

After shutting down the wrong engine at 3,330 feet, pilots realized their mistake when aircraft stopped climbing. They re-powered the engine 1 and the aircraft returned to Delhi safely.

After the A320 landed at Delhi airport, blood stains were found on the turbine panel of engine 2 and damage was also detected on two fan blades.

According to the report, the cause of misidentification is disobedience to the recommended procedures, lack of SA (Situational Awareness), poor resource management, and poor emergency handling.