Sleeping Bus Driver Crashes Into Plane At CCU

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A bus driver for India’s Jet Airways picked the wrong time to take a nap, falling asleep behind the wheel shortly before crashing into an AI plane parked at Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata.

The driver was transporting two 9W crew members to their own departing flight when the accident happened. The good news is that there were no injuries reported and no pax were on the AI plane at the time.

India Today reports that it took almost 100 hr. and 2 separate teams of engineers to remove the bus, which was solidly jammed into the right side of the aircraft, causing what was described as “extensive damage” to its wing, engine and landing gear.

“The plane’s right rear wheel is gone, its landing gear is damaged and the front left corner of the bus is lodged in the section of landing gear. The bus roof is stuck under the wing and caught in the fuselage and engine,” said Airport Director A.K. Sharman to The Times of India.


Two AI flights had to be cancelled after the accident and there are concerns that the aircraft may be damaged beyond repair.


The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has ordered an investigation into the crash, as have both airlines. Damage to the aircraft is estimated at more than $10 million.

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