The development came after a major disaster was averted at the Kolkata airport last week, when the shuttle bus rammed into the Air India ATR aircraft. According to airport officials, the aircraft was parked at Bay no. 32 in the airport and was preparing to leave for Silchar. It was then that the driver of the Jet Airways lost control of the vehicle and rammed into the aircraft close to its left wing, causing crores of rupees worth of damage to the National Carrier.
…”The aircraft sustained extensive damage on the right engine, right landing gear and also some other parts because of which the flight operations to Silchar and Shillong had to be cancelled.
It took nearly 5 days just to separate the two from each other, and the aircraft at that point still wasn’t movable. It took engineering teams from Mumbai and Kolkata a full night to pull the two apart.
I’m tempted to say it’s karma for bus gates. I’ve had too many bus gates in my life, it’s one of the least pleasant things about an airport. I never seem to have a gate flying Thai in Bangkok, or Etihad in Abu Dhabi.
If there were no bus gates, buses wouldn’t crash into planes. Of course, buses aren’t all that pleasant for changing terminals, either.