Indian Coast Guard’s Dornier 228 aircraft suffers engine snag and crash lands at Kanpur’s HAL airport

A Coast Guard Dornier 228 aircraft travelling from Chennai to Kanpur suffered an engine snag on Thursday, March 3 as it rammed into a structure in the airport after landing. The aircraft was travelling to Chakeri in Kanpur, where the HAL facility is located. No casualties were reported in the incident.

The crew, including IAF personnel, who were scheduled to visit the Hindustan Aeronautics Limited facility in Kanpur, managed to get out of the aircraft in time. 

Speaking to The Indian Express, Coast Guard Director General Virender Pathania said, “The aircraft had suffered a snag in one of the engines. The pilots did a marvellous job in landing the aircraft. The matter is under investigation now.’’

The left engine of the aircraft had stopped functioning post landing. As the pilots landed the plane on the runway, it steered to the right and rammed into a structure.

Dornier 228 aircraft is used by the Coast Guard for patrol and in search and rescue missions. Dornier 228 is a twin-engine turboprop, highly versatile multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by HAL for the Indian Coast Guard.

Inspector General of Coast Guard Bishan Sharma, who is in charge of the aviation wing, refused to comment on the incident but said that the matter was being investigated.

The left engine of the aircraft had stopped functioning post landing.

Dornier 228 is a twin-engine turboprop, highly versatile multi-mission maritime patrol aircraft manufactured by HAL for the Indian Coast Guard.

The aircraft is lightweight with a wide range of operating speeds and fuel-efficient uniqueness. This high winged aircraft is operated by ICG in two variants in the 228 – 100 and 228 – 200 series.

The Dornier 228 has quick role changing capability for any of the following roles – Maritime Patrol & Surveillance, Marine Pollution Contingency, Search & Rescue and Medical Evacuation.

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