New Delhi: A Vistara airlines flight from Kochi missed its landing — twice — at the Delhi airport due to a dead bird that was present on the runway.
The pilots of the flight — an Airbus A320 — were warned by Air Traffic Control (ATC) officials about the presence of the dead bird.
And so, they decided to initiate a go-around, aviation parlance for aborting a landing at the last moment.
The flight then tried once again to land on the same runway. However, this time as well the pilots apparently decided to perform a go-around.
The specifics of the second attempted landing aren’t very clear.
According to the flight path (provided by aviation tracker Flightradar24.com), Vistara UK 866 approached the Delhi airport’s southernmost runway (the airport has three runways).
The path shows Vistara UK 866 making a sharp left turn halfway down the runway — the plane was flying at this moment and was over not ON the runway.
After making the left turn, Vistara UK 866 circles back to the same runway after flying over Gurgaon and Fardiabad.
This time as well the flight doesn’t land. However, this time around, Vistara UK 866 flies the entire length of the runway before pulling left.
23/10/18 India Today