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Kolkata: A Jet Airways shuttle bus today rammed into a stationary Air India flight at the city airport here. However, no casualty or injury was reported, an official said.

The incident happened at bay number 32 of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport when the driver lost control of the bus and rammed into the parked aircraft, damaging one of its engines.

The driver of the bus was questioned and the authorities of both Air India and the Jet Airways rushed to the spot, said Kolkata Airport director A. K. Sharma.

“A probe has been ordered to be conducted by regional safety manager, Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” Sharma said.

There were no reports of any injury or casualty, added Sharma.(IANS)

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Air India becomes First Airline in World to Use “TaxiBot” on Airbus A320 Aircraft Operating Commercial Flight

Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off

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Accordingly, the airline used the "TaxiBot" on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport. Pixabay

National passenger carrier Air India on Tuesday became the first airline in the world to use “TaxiBot” on an Airbus A320 aircraft operating a commercial flight.

As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment.

Accordingly, the airline used the “TaxiBot” on its flight AI665 from Delhi to Mumbai at Terminal 3, IGI Airport.

“Using this device, it is possible to tow the aircraft from parking bays to the runway with their engines switched off. Thus saving precious fuel and reduce Engine wear and tear,” the airline said in a statement.

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As per aviation parlance, a “TaxiBot” or “Taxiing Robot”, is a pilot controlled semi-robotic towbar-less aircraft tractor used as an alternate taxiing equipment. Pixabay

“The ignition will be turned only when the aircraft reaches the runway. These TaxiBots will be used for departing flights only. This way, Air India will take a giant step towards curbing carbon emission, which will result in improving air quality and accelerate a greener aviation eco-system.”

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According to the statement, usage of “TaxiBots” will significantly bring down fuel consumption by as much as 85 per cent used during taxiing of aircraft. (IANS)