Multiple aircraft were damaged at Ahemdabad Airport due to an unexpected thunderstorm and strong winds. The thunderstorm impacted not less than six aircraft.
All of those affected planes belong to Indian low-cost carriers. Three A320neos of IndiGo, whereas two were of Go First, widely known as GoAir, suffered minor damage. These aircraft were registered: VT-ITD, VT- IVO, and VT-IVQ of IndiGo, and VT-WGV, and VT-WJG of Go First.
The low-cost carriers have pulled the impacted A320neos out of service for repairs and checks before flying again. In addition, a SpiceJet Boeing 737 was also pushed away from its original position, as reported by an airline spokesperson.
An IndiGo spokesperson confirmed that its three aircraft suffered minor damage in the thunderstorm. The spokesperson confirmed the incident saying,
“Ahmedabad airport was hit by an unexpected thunderstorm with extremely high winds last evening. Three IndiGo aircraft sustained minor/non-structural damages which will require replacement of certain parts.”
The Indian civil aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has investigated this incident at Ahmedabad Airport.