By Staff writer
Paris to Muscat flight delayed after aircraft gets stuck in grass and mud after landing at Paris Charles De Gaulle
Oman Air has said one of its planes was involved in a "minor incident" on the runway at Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport which resulted in a delayed take-off.
The carrier said in a statement that Oman Air flight WY131 from Paris to Muscat was taxiing from the runway to its stand after landing on Thursday when the Airbus A330-300 became stuck in mud.
Early reports indicate that part of the aircraft's landing gear became stuck in grass and mud and was subsequently towed to the stand, where it was inspected for damage and cleared for flight.
"No passengers or crew were hurt during the incident, nor were they at risk at any time. The aircraft's captain thanked passengers for their patience and calm," Oman Air said in a statement.
The incident is being investigated as a matter of course by Oman Air's management, the statement said, adding: "In the meantime, Oman Air has praised the calm professionalism of the highly trained pilots aboard Flight WY131, whose quick thinking averted any significant damage. The airline also expressed regret at the inconvenience caused by the late departure."
Was the pilot Omani by chance? It is a very bizarre response to such a non life threatening incident, but nonetheless very usual for saving face, thus it becomes suspicious, but maybe not.
Perhaps a mini hurricane suddenly blew the plane 'off' the ample tarmac. Maybe the ground collapsed beneath? After all the weather is so often quite testing. Or could it have been the co-pilot's coat sleeve caught on the throttles while turning and ooops! Who knows? We won't mention 'overshoot'. God bless them.
However, endlessly praising like children and promoting the incompetent is endemic in the Middle East from kindergarten to retirement. This is why we will always need expatriates to fill crucial jobs here.
As a pilot having flown into Charles De Gaulle many times, I don't recollect passing any mud pits on the runway or taxiways, but maybe I am incompetent in my awareness.