If the pilot had not applied technical expertise and presence of mind, it was possible that Air India Express IX 821 that was carrying over 173 passengers to Doha would have crashed.
The Air India flight on Thursday 21st Sept 2017 with 173 passengers on board, had to resort to emergency landing soon after take off because of the failure of one of its engines. The pilot Ashit Singhe underwent trauma momentarily on account of unexpected emergency and frantic cries let out by passengers who were fearing for their lives.
From the moment the pilot sent message to Air Traffic Control here within 30 minutes of takeoff that the aircraft was returning to the airport for emergency landing, emergency was sounded all over the airport. This was the most serious emergency landing at the airport and messages were dispatched to district administration, police officers, and others asking them to be in readiness to handle unforeseen emergency. All the four fire tender units in the airport were kept in readiness.
The pilot showed exemplary composure and courage, apart from exercising control over his senses, and without showing any anxiety, safely landed the aircraft here, bracing the risk of oil spill from the failed engine, risk of the aircraft moving away from the runway on account of wind pressure, and chance of the second engine stopping functioning immediately after touch down.
It was dangerous to land such a large plane with 173 passengers, luggage and staff when an engine gave up. The landing depends on the experience and technical knowledge of the pilot in such situation. Aviation Safety India hails pilot’s exemplary duty consciousness, calmness and ensuring the safety of his passengers.