Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor.

Exclusive photos: Tractor hits and damages Air India A320 aircraft

Earlier this month a push back tractor appears to have hit an Airbus A320 of the national airline Air India. The incident involving VT-EPJ occurred at Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji airport in the middle of a rain storm, earlier this month. There are some reports that the aircraft rolled forward before the towbar which is connected to the nose wheel was disconnected the tractor was swung around like a play-toy.

Already the airline is critically short of narrow body aircraft, and to have one damaged and ground, even if for just a few days, hurts, and hurts bad. One feels sad for the airline and there is no explanation for this act of apparent stupidity. We only have these exclusive photos, but unfortunately no details, since emails to Air India spokespersons G.P. Rao, and V. Chandrashekar have elicited zero response even after five days. So the airline reinforces its aura of ineptitude.

IAE V2500 engine nacelle damage. Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
IAE V2500 engine nacelle damage. Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
What was the tractor driver thinking? Nacelle damaged. Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
What was the tractor driver thinking? Nacelle damaged. Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
CSI airport ARFF and emergency services scramble in the rain after Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor
CSI airport ARFF and emergency services scramble in the rain after Air India Airbus A320 VT-EPJ hit and damaged by tractor

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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