An alert Runway Controller and Air Traffic Control officer at an Indian naval air station, located near Goa state’s Dabolim village, averted a major tragedy on Tuesday morning.
As Spicejet Flight SG 3568 was on its final approach for landing at Goa International Airport, the runway controller, the leading airman (air handler), noticed that the nose landing gear was not deployed, a Navy spokesperson revealed on Twitter.
The runway controller immediately alerted the air traffic control tower, making the on duty air traffic controller inform the incoming aircraft to abort its landing and make a second attempt after a “go-around”.
Alert #IndianNavy Air Traffic Services at Goa Airport averted major accident today when the Runway Controller Ramesh Tigga, Leading Airman (Air Handler) noticed that the nose landing gear of the Spicejet Flight SG 3568, which was on its final approach, was not deployed. pic.twitter.com/qEkYhjQObA— SpokespersonNavy (@indiannavy) December 17, 2019
But the second attempt also proved unsuccessful. The front landing gear was partially deployed only on the third attempt.
The flight landed safely at 0805 hrs under assistance of emergency and safety services to recover the aircraft.
The alert action of naval air traffic and safety services finally prevented the Spicejet flight and all its passengers from being a part of a major accident at Goa airfield.