Audio: Mumbai air traffic controller scolds Jet Airways’ pilots for shoddy reporting

Some more light hearted articles in the spirit of the Diwali holidays.

On the night of 12 November, 2012, Jet Airways Boeing 737-800 VT-JGS was performing flight 9W-556 from Kochi, India to Doha, Qatar. Routing was via airway M300 waypoints IGAMA OSIRI NITIX MESAN LEMAX KADOL.

The pilot attempts to radio in his AIREP informing Mumbai Radio that the flight is over waypoint MESAN.

He does not follow the prescribed ICAO format of saying Jet Airways 556 check position MESAN 15:58 (UTC time), maintaining Flight Level 340 (34,000 feet), estimate LEMAX at 16:18 next, (optional) estimate KADOL next at 16:39.

In true desi style, the Air Traffic Controller manning the HF frequency of Mumbai radio gives the Jet Airways pilot a dressing down, followed by a lesson on the correct protocol and ICAO procedure to be followed for an AIREP which the chastened pilots meekly follow.

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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