Kolkata: A Vistara flight from Delhi descending for touchdown was asked to abort landing and begin a steep climb just as the flight captain spotted the powerful searchlights of an inspection vehicle on the runway and an aircraft in queue for take-off.
The inspection vehicle on the runway was scrambled after an IndiGo flight from Hyderabad (6E 629), which had just landed ahead of the Vistara, reported a bird-hit during descent.
The report prompted immediate action and the standard operating procedure for such emergencies kicked in. The AirAsia Kolkata-Bhubaneswar (I5 1563) flight on the runway edge set for takeoff was put on hold. Two other flights that were in the arrival queue were told to hover over the city.
08/09/18 Subhro Niyogi/Times of India