Bird hits flight
A Sri Lankan Airlines flight (UL131) from Colombo to Tiruchi suffered a bird hit while landing at the Tiruchi Airport this morning. The aircraft was grounded at the airport for more than seven hours.
According to sources, the bird hit was reported in the left engine of the aircraft while landing. The aircraft had a safe landing. The return flight (UL132), which was scheduled to leave at 9.40 a.m., was delayed. A team of engineers of the airlines arrived here by the afternoon flight from Colombo and rectified the problem. The flight left for Colombo by 5.20 p.m., the source said.
27/11/15 The Hindu
Friday, November 20, 2015
Drukair Flight Makes Emergency Landing in Kolkata
Kolkata: A Drukair flight made an emergency landing in the NSC Bose International Airport here today due to some technical reason, airport officials said.
Drukair is owned by the Royal Government of Bhutan.
The B3-724 flight from Doha in Qatar to Paro in Bhutan of the Drukair made an emergency landing here at around 4.47 PM.
19/11/15 PTI/New Indian Express
Wednesday, November 18, 2015
Nose wheel comes off aircraft in Madurai
Madurai: One of the two nose wheels of the Colombo-Madurai Spicejet flight came off the aircraft with 70 passengers while taxiing at Madurai Airport on Tuesday afternoon.
However, the pilot managed to bring the aircraft to the apron with the single nose wheel, airport sources said.
All the 70 passengers and five crew members were safe, sources said.
18/11/15 The Hindu
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Sharjah-bound Air India Express flight slides off Calicut runway
A Sharjah-bound Air India Express flight slid off the runway at Calicut’s Karipur International Airport on Monday.
The incident took place just before the flight took off from the airport at 11 am. All 178 passengers and crew on board are reportedly safe.
The aircraft skidded off the runway, which is under renovation, before the pilot successfully stopped the plane.
However, many passengers onboard the flight learnt of the actual reason of the delay only after they landed in Sharjah.
“We were informed that there was a technical issue,” said Ashraf Valiyaprampathu, a supermarket staff in Sharjah.
Mohammed Sadiq, another passenger, who also claimed he did not know what exactly had happened, said: “We realized the seriousness only after landing in Sharjah. In fact, the crew had announced it was ready for take-off and the plane was going fast. We were surprised why the flight stopped all of a sudden with a bang.”
18/11/15 VM Sathish/Emirates 24|7
Tuesday, November 17, 2015
Flight skids off runway at Karipur Airport
KARIPUR: A Sharjah bound Air India plane skidded off the runway at the Karipur International Airport Monday morning. A major tragedy was averted after the plane skidded off the runway.
The flight skidded off and moved on to the place where the maintenance work was on. The flight left half an hour late after bringing it back to the runway.
16/11/15 Kaumudi Online
Sunday, November 08, 2015
Air India flight returns after mid-air technical snag
Guwahati: A Kolkata-bound Air India flight returned to the Lokapriya Gopinath Bordoloi International (LGBI) airport of Guwahati minutes after take-off after developing some technical snag.
An army officer on board the flight AI 730 told this to IANS on Sunday, adding that the flight took off around 11.45 a.m. from the LGBI airport of Guwahati.
“However, minutes after the take-off, the pilot announced that they are taking the plane back to LGBI as they have detected a fault in the landing gear of the plane,” he said.
08/11/15 IANS/Economic Times
Thursday, November 05, 2015
SpiceJet flight averts major accident
Over 160 people on board a SpiceJet plane had a narrow escape on a journey to Agartala when a bird hit the aircraft, damaging one of its engines last night, Airport Authority of India officials said here. According to report, a bigger aircraft of SpiceJet hit a bird as at took off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Airport in Kolkata for Agartala last evening. Except panic among the passengers and damage to engine there was no report of any causality. The plane had made an emergency landing and de-boarded the passengers. About an equal number of passengers were stranded in Agartala airport till 2300 hrs who were supposed to make outbound journey to Kolkata in the same flight. However, allegedly the airlines officials did not provide them refreshment for the inordinate delay in journey at both the airports.
05/11/15 UNI/Web India123
Tuesday, November 03, 2015
Major disaster averted for thousands of flyers despite miscommunication between Indian Navy, Mumbai ATC
The airspace over the Arabian sea might have been the scene of a great disaster on Saturday. According to the Mumbai Mirror, the Indian Navy conducted defence exercises with surface-to-surface missiles on Saturday even as the airspace remained open for civilian flights.
The Mumbai Mirror reports that the Navy had requested closing of airspace for three hours between 12:30 and 3:30 pm on Saturday. However it did not convey to to aviation authorities whether this meant IST or GMT. The Air Traffic Control (ATC) Mumbai assumed it to be GMT. Consequently, airspace remained open for three hours after the exercises had begun.
While the Navy had sought a NOTAM – notice to airmen – from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm, ATC kept the airspace open during this period and shut it from 6 pm to 9 pm, by which time the exercises were over
Wednesday, November 04, 2015
Major aviation disaster averted: Indian Navy tests missiles even as airspace remains open to traffic
In times when horrific aviation disasters have shocked the world, a potentially ghastly incident could have occurred off the Indian coast on Saturday when, due to a communication failure, the Indian Navy test fired several lethal surface-to-surface missiles above the Arabian Sea even as the airspace remained open to air traffic.
According to a report in the Mumbai Mirror, the Navy had requested Air Traffic Control (ATC) to shut down the airspace between 1230 and 1530 hours (12.30 pm to 3.30 pm), but forgot to specify the timezone — IST or GMT — in its request. With a lack of clarification, ATC assumed it to be GMT and shut down the airspace three hours after the missile exercise had started.
In those three hours of long range missile exercises, many commercial airliners passed through the airspace, but both the Navy and the ATC have been hush-hush over the exact number of airliners that escaped disaster or whether there were any near-misses, the report says.
Instead the Navy sought to downplay the gravity of the situation.
03/11/15 First Post
AI flight makes emergency landing in Delhi
New Delhi: Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport witnessed tense moments on Thursday evening when Air India’s Varanasi to Delhi flight (AI 433) with 133 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing reportedly due to a snag in one engine.
On September 7, another Airbus A320 aircraft on the same Varanasi-Delhi sector (AI 405) had to make an emergency landing at Delhi airport following a hydraulic leak. The passengers of the aircraft had to be evacuated through emergency chutes after smoke was detected in the rear tyres and a few passengers got injured in the process.
On Thursday, the pilot of the flight (Registration number VTEPJ) detected a warning for engine failure and informed the Air Traffic Control (ATC), requesting a priority landing. The Delhi ATC declared full emergency at 7.50 pm and all precautionary measures were taken at the airport. Fire tenders, medical aid and security personnel were deployed near the tarmac as precaution.
The flight landed safely at 8.10 pm on the runway 29 of the airport and none of the passengers or cabin crew were injured in the incident.
02/10/15 Siddhartha Roy/The Hindu
Mumbai-bound Air India flight from Bhubaneswar Airport cancelled due to technical snag
Bhubaneswar: A Mumbai-bound Air India flight from the Biju Patnaik International Airport here was cancelled on Sunday afternoon due to technical snag. Flight AI-670 carrying 111 passengers was scheduled to take off from the airport at 1.05 pm. But the aircraft failed to roll on the runway due to some technical glitch. Passengers on board the flight were clueless about the delay till they were told that the flight won’t fly owing to technical failure in the flight.
Emergency landing at Hyd airport
Aurangabad: A flight of low-cost airline Trujet between Hyderabad and Aurangabad made an emergency landing at Hyderabad airport on Sunday morning after the plane developed a technical snag minutes after take-off. The 72-seater ATR-72 500 aircraft was carrying 20 passengers.
Trujet, operated by Turbo Megha Airways Pvt Ltd, took off from Hyderabad at 11.30am. After flying 128 miles, the plane returned when the snag was noticed. Smoke reportedly emanated from the engine, but the airliner refuted the charge.
05/10/15 Times of India
Another AI flight makes emergency landing in New Delhi
New Delhi: Air India’s problematic fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft continues to be in the news for wrong reasons. Yet another aircraft had to make an emergency landing at the Delhi airport due to technical snag.
Air India’s Delhi-Muscat flight (AI 973) departed from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 7.40 pm on Sunday but had to return after the pilot detected a hydraulic leak. The flight, with 85 people on board, landed back safely at around 8.45 pm at Delhi airport.
On Thursday, Air India’s Varanasi to Delhi flight (AI 433) with 133 passengers on board had to make an emergency landing due to suspected snag in one engine.
04/10/15 Sidhartha Roy/The Hindu
Saturday, October 10, 2015
Thiruvananthapuram bound flight makes emergency landing
Coimbatore: The Thiruvananthapuram-bound Air Arabia flight today made an emergency landing in the city airport following bad weather conditions there.
The flight carrying 168 passengers from Sharjah was scheduled to reach at Thiruvananthapuram at 7 AM.
09/10/15 PTI/Business Standard
Sunday, October 11, 2015
50% emergency landings due to snags in Air India fleet
Bengaluru: Two recent back-to-back emergency landings of Air India flights have put the focus on the efficacy of the national carrier’s fleet and maintenance.
With both the landings-on September 7 and October 4-caused by hydraulic failures, the Director General of Civil Aviation ( DGCA) and Air India are looking for solutions to prevent any recurrence.
Data sourced from the ministry of civil aviation reveals that Air India has the worst record when it comes to emergency landings caused by technical glitches.
In the past three-and-a-half-years (January 2012-July 2015), a total of 141 emergency landings by all scheduled airlines have been reported in the country. Of these, 14% (20) were caused due to technical problems while 86% were due to medical emergencies.
However, 10 of the 20 emergency landings caused due to technical problems (50%) involve the state-run Air India. Another one involves its subsidiary Air India Charters Limited (AICL). Air India didn’t respond to queries on the matter.
11/10/15 Chethan Kumar/Times of India
Monday, October 12, 2015
Sharjah flight grounded after hit by bird while landing
Coimbatore: The city-bound Air Arabia flight from Sharjah with 100 passengers on board was grounded at the Coimbatore International Airport today after it was hit by a bird while landing, police said. The pilot managed to land the plane safely at around 4 am, they said.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Air India flight enters Indigo runway at IGI
New Delhi: A serious miscommunication between IGI airport’s air traffic control (ATC) tower and Air India pilots on Tuesday morning saw some tense moments and led to a close shave for two aircrafts. An incoming flight was asked to go around after the safety distance area of the runway it was to land on was breached by another plane waiting to take off.
Around 10.15am, an IndiGo Airbus A-320 was on its final approach to Delhi. At the same time, an Air India Boeing-777 was taxiing to the runway to operate a special Haj flight to Srinagar.
While taxiing, the AI aircraft crossed the holding line of the runway on which the IndiGo aircraft was to land. Noticing this “runway incursion”, the air traffic controllers asked the pilots of the IndiGo flight to abort landing and initiate a go-around maneuver. “We did what ATC asked us to do. Safety was not compromised,” an IndiGo spokesperson said.
The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident and will find out what led to the runway incursion-whether it was an error on the part or air traffic controllers or if the AI pilots failed to follow instructions.
14/10/15 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
Saturday, October 17, 2015
Blowing in the wind
Passenger aircraft manoeuvring in an airport on its tyres on the tarmac is a familiar sight; but how does one react to the rare sight of a stipulated 50-minute domestic passenger aircraft in the Indian sky, with all its tyres (or undercarriage) hanging in the air, un-retracted, flying low and slow from a state commercial hub to the capital of a country of 1.27 billion people? Ironic? Comical? A joke? Absurd? Yes, theoretically. But wait for the actual ‘hanging tyre in the air’ happening and visualize a most non-aviation like scenario.
A brand new twin-engine Boeing-787-800 Dreamliner takes off from Amritsar for Delhi in fair weather, daylight conditions, with little possibility of turbulence owing to the ‘settled monsoon’, with good visibility towards the horizon. In less than 40 seconds, the craft is airborne from the 3658-metre paved runway of Guru Ram Dass airport, Amritsar, and the pilot now presses the button to retract the undercarriage within 30 seconds of the lift. However, the undercarriage refuses to retract as the craft tries to continue gaining height, albeit slowly, to fly through its designated ‘flight level’, which normally is between 25000 and 30000 feet, in a short haul flight of one hour. It takes 15 minutes to climb, 15 minutes to descend and the rest 16-18 minutes for the ‘cruising level’. All this owing to the fact that it is a short haul operation. Things could be totally different for long distance flight, however.
17/10/15 Abhijit Bhattacharyya/The Telegraph
Monday, October 19, 2015
Flight encounters bird hit, delayed
Trichy: A Tiger Airways flight from Singapore was grounded after it encountered a bird hit while landing at the Trichy International Airport. The flight that had 153 passengers got damaged in one of its engines. Engineers were involved in repairing the propellers of the aircraft.
The propellers that are located on either side of the wings were believed to have been damaged. An airline official said, “Passengers were offered accommodation in a nearby hotel. Flight maintenance is underway.”
A senior official from the Tiger Airways confirmed that the TR2665 flight from Singapore has been delayed due to technical reasons. Rain was also delaying the work, he added.
19/10/15 Times of India
Air India aircraft grounded after it’s hit by van
Mumbai: An Air India aircraft, Airbus 320, was grounded Sunday morning after being hit by a catering van. The Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) has ordered a probe into the incident, which occurred around 5 am on Sunday when the aircraft, after arrival, was standing in the bay. Suddenly, a catering van, supposed to supply food to the aircraft, hit its middle portion and a few parts of the aircraft were damaged. Later, when Air India engineers checked the aircraft, they declared it technically unfit and grounded it for repair and maintenance work.
BCAS is investigating circumstances under which the van came so close to the aircraft. A BCAS official said, “Luckily, the incident was not big, otherwise some fatality would have occurred. We have decided norms and conditions for every van which operates in the air side area, it seems there was some man-made fault.”
27/10/15 Ashita Dadheech/Asian Age
Thursday, October 29, 2015
4 flights make emergency landing at IGI
New Delhi: Three international flights and a domestic one made emergency landings at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on Wednesday evening due to fuel shortage and fire alert.
A Kalitta Air flight K4 244 (Leipzig to New Delhi) had to make a landing at IGI after reporting a fire emergency on board.
The other three flights-Air Arabia flight G9 465 (Sharjah to New Delhi), Kalitta Air flight K4 247 (Leipzig to New Delhi) and Air Asia flight I5 3426 (Pune to Jaipur)-had to land after reporting “less holding fuel”.
29/10/15 Times of India
Bird-hit Cathay Pacific freighter returns to Delhi airport
New Delhi: A London-bound Cathay Pacific cargo aircraft from here returned to Indira Gandhi International Airport under emergency conditions due to a suspected bird hit.
“Our freighter CX37 from Delhi to London experienced a bird-hit upon take-off. Hence the captain decided to return to Delhi, and as per our protocol, all emergency procedures were followed, Cathay Pacific spokesperson Charlie Stewart-Cox said.
The Boeing 747-400 freighter remained airborne for about an hour during this period, airport sources said.
30/10/15 PTI/Times of India
Monday, September 07, 2015
Air India Flight AI-405 Catches Fire while Landing; 5 Injured during Evacuation
New Delhi: Air India flight AI-405 caught fire on its left wing just before landing at Runway 27 of Delhi airport at 8:30pm on Monday, said reports.
All the 153 people on board including 144 passengers were evacuated safely. However, at least five of them were reported to have received minor injuries. They were given first aid treatment at the airport.
“We didn’t see fire, there was a lot of smoke,” ANI quoted Rajendra Desai, one of the passengers of AI-405.
A major tragedy was averted as the pilot of the Varanasi-Delhi flight (AI-405) pulled through a safe landing even after it caught fire just before reaching Indira Gandhi International (IGI) Airport, reports said.
The pilot came to know about leak in hydraulic system in air when it was in the process of landing, Civil Aviation Minister Mahesh Sharma told media.
07/09/15 Sachin Jose/IBTimes
Monday, September 07, 2015
Tyre burst grounds AI plane at Delhi airport
New Delhi: Passengers of an Air India flight had a harrowing time on Monday after the aircraft suffered a tyre burst and had to make an emergency landing at the Delhi airport. As a result, the airport’s main runway remained shut for a brief period.
The Air India Delhi – Bagdogra flight (AI 879), with 143 passengers on board, took off from the runway 29 of Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport at 11.32 am on Monday. At around 11.50 am, a tyre burst was detected in the aircraft and subsequently it landed back at Delhi airport.
All emergency procedures at the airport were immediately initiated. “If an aircraft suffers a tyre burst, there are chances of an uneven landing. That is why many safety precautions are required to be taken,” said a source at the airport. Fire tenders were positioned near the runway and medical aid facilities were also kept on stand by.
“The flight had a safe landing at 12.20 pm at the airport,” an Air India spokesperson said.
07/09/15 Sidhartha Roy/The Hindu
Friday, August 21, 2015
The untold story of Jet Airways Flight 9W555: How an airline and its pilot nearly crashed a passenger plane with 150 people onboard
By Jacob K Philip
An incident that was hardly noticed by the national media, though it was one of the gravest of the safety incidents ever occurred at any of the Indian airports, is bound to land Jet Airways, the operator airline, in deep trouble in the coming days.
The DGCA is viewing the incident very seriously and by all indications, both airline and the pilot who was hailed by the local newspapers and the social media as a hero who miraculously saved the lives of 142 odd passengers and eight crew, are to face the music.
It was at Kochi airport, Kerala, a southern state of India, that the chain of events that culminated in the near-disaster, started on the early morning hours of Tuesday, August 18, 2015.
When Jet Airways flight 9W 555, a Boeing 737-800, arrived from Doha, the Capital of Qatar, over Kochi at 5.45 in the morning, there were not enough visibility for the aircraft to land because of the haze that followed a heavy rain during the previous night. After holding over Kochi for a almost half an hour, the pilot decided to divert to Trivandrum. When it reached Trivandrum, visibility at Trivandrum also was less than what required for a visual landing. (ILS was not available because of a calibration issue).
The captain of the aircraft informed the Air Traffic Control (ATC) that the fuel levels were running low and he should be permitted to attempt landings even though the visibility was insufficient. The pilot tried to land from the ’14’ end of the runway thrice. By the time fuel level dropped to alarming levels according to the pilot and he made a final attempt at the other end of the runway, almost blindly. In between, he made a May Day call also.
A full emergency was declared (even before the May Day call) at the airport and all the steps were taken as per the SOP. ( Getting ambulances ready, informing city fire services also and the alerting the hospitals in the pre-made panel etc.).
The pilot however could manage to land the aircraft. The landing turned out to be without any hitch, even though the captain himself had almost given up hope (He even had said “Good Bye” to the ATC people in between).
The whole incident would never have attracted not much of an attention, being one of the numerous diversion incidents during the inclement weather in Kerala airports, but for the grave issue of shortage of fuel involved and for the desperate frantic way the pilot behaved , making even a May Day call.
And it indeed was one of the most serious safety occurrences that could happen at any airport. And the government and the regulation authorities should be taking immediate actions, treating the incident at par with an actual air crash.
Friday, August 21, 2015
Pilot lands Jet Airways flight between Doha and Cochin with only 250 kg fuel left
New Delhi: Passengers on a Jet Airways flight between Doha and Cochin had a close shave on Tuesday after the pilot landed the aircraft with only 250 kg of fuel left in it.
The minimum a Boeing 737 aircraft should have as fuel reserve after landing is about 1500 kg.
“We have grounded the pilots of the flight and will audit the fuel uplift policy of Jet Airways,” said a senior DIrectorate General of Civil Aviation official, who did not want to be identified.
The flight between Doha and Cochin (9W 555) was operated with 141 passengers and eight crew members on board.
The official added that the flight could not land in Cochin due to poor visibility and did three go-arounds. The plane was then diverted to Trivandrum, where it landed after three failed attempts with only 250 kg of fuel left.
21/08/15 Mihir Mishra/Economic Times
Friday, July 31, 2015
Freighter’s wing flap falls off at Delhi airport
New Delhi: A major mishap was averted at the Delhi Airport after a part of the landing wing flap of a Cathay Pacific freighter, a Boeing 747-400, fell off at the runway while landing few days back.
There was, however, no emergency landing of the flight CX 2041 which had come from Hong Kong and it landed safely, Cathay Pacific said in a statement today.
“On the arrival of our freighter flight CX 2041 on 27 July 2015, from Hong Kong to Delhi, our Engineering team found parts of the left hand wing flap missing,” the airline said.
The missing part was later found at the runway by Delhi airport staff, the airline said.
Delhi International Airport Limited staff also reported some flap like items found on the runway after the arrival of our aircraft, it said.
We are working closely with the relevant authorities and have launched an inquiry into the same, the statement said.
31/07/15 PTI/Business Standard
Friday, July 31, 2015
Air India Flight Makes Emergency Landing in New Delhi
New Delhi: An Air India flight with around 150 passengers and crew on board made an emergency landing at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) today. All aboard are safe.
According to airport sources, the incident involving Air India flight AI-410 from Patna occurred around 11.00 am.
The source said that after detecting a technical snag the pilot requested the air traffic control (ATC) for permission to make an emergency landing.
“The aircraft landed safely after making an emergency landing. All safety procedures were followed. All passengers are safe and operations at the airport are normal,” an airport official told IANS.
Air India on its part confirmed the incident and reported that all passengers were safe.
Thursday, July 30, 2015
19 near-miss incidents in Mumbai airspace since 2013
New Delhi: A total of 19 “near-miss” incidents involving aircraft of various operators has been reported in Mumbai airspace in the past two-and-a-half years, Rajya Sabha was informed on Thursday.
The number of “near-miss” incidents in Mumbai airspace during 2013 were nine, while in 2014 the number stood at four, minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
A total of six such incidents has been reported this year (up to June 30), the minister said, adding that all such incidents are investigated by airprox investigation team and its recommendations are implemented.
“Airprox” is a situation when two aircraft come dangerously close to each other.
30/07/15 PTI/Times of India
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Thursday, July 30, 2015
Thiruvananthapuram: A major disaster was averted on Wednesday afternoon when a fully loaded aviation fuel tanker lorry overturned at the curve of a perimeter road parallel to the runway at Trivandrum International Airport. The speeding lorry rammed into a wall very close to a 11 KV transformer situated beside the Chackai- Domestic terminal stretch, near All Saints’ Junction, and there was a huge leakage of fuel. A section of the wall collapsed following the collision.
The driver of the lorry, who sustained minor injuries, was taken to a private hospital nearby.
The accident occurred around 1.30 pm, when the Hindustan Petroleum lorry carrying the Jet A 1 aviation fuel was heading to the international terminal from the fuel-filling station near the domestic terminal along the perimeter road on the airport premises. When the vehicle reached a point near the All Saints’ Junction, the driver tried to negotiate a curve. Then, the vehicle lost control and rammed into the compound wall bordering the Chackai- Airport stretch and overturned. The driver, identified as Selvaraj, belonging to Thiruvananthapuram, escaped by jumping from the lorry and sustained minor injuries.
30/07/15 New Indian Express
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Flight Makes Emergency Landing
Thiruvananthapuram: A New Delhi-Thiruvananthapuram Air India flight made an emergency landing at the Nagpur airport on Tuesday owing to suspected engine damage.
The passengers were shifted to a hotel near the airport safely and the flight is expected to take off to its destination on Wednesday morning, Air India officials have said.
The flight with over hundreds of passengers on board took off from the New Delhi airport at 6 pm. Many Malayalis, including actor and MP Innocent and Principal Secretary P H Kurian, were in the flight.
29/07/15 New Indian Express
Sunday, July 19, 2015
Two Air India planes damaged at Delhi airport due to thunderstorm
New Delhi: Two Air India planes were grounded after being damaged in a thunderstorm at the Delhi airport on Saturday afternoon. The planes, a Boeing 787 and a Boeing 777, were parked at bay 18 and 22.
The right engine of Boeing 777 was damaged after it was hit from behind by a cargo container that was blown due to strong wind. According to sources, the Boeing 787’s left engine was damaged as it was hit by an aerobridge.
The aircraft was parked at an aerobridge and technicians were working on it. It is unclear what caused the Boeing 787 mishap but an airport source said the nose wheel of the aircraft rolled causing the aircraft to turn.
Directorate General of Civil Aviation confirmed the incident. Air India spokesperson did not respond to a text message seeking comment.
18/07/15 Business Standard
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Air India 787 flies with wheels out with Manmohan Singh on board
New Delhi: Boeing’s snag-ridden Dreamliner is now giving a taste of its vagaries to the top VVIPs of India. Last Sunday (July 12), former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh flew from Amritsar to Delhi on a schedule flight of Air India on a Boeing-787 along with other passengers that had all its wheels jutting out throughout the flight!
Ironically, the trouble with landing gear retraction happened on AI’s newest Dreamliner (VT-ANV) that had joined its fleet only last month. Shortly after take off, the pilot of AI 113 realized that the landing gear had a snag and the wheels were not retracting.
According to senior pilots, such an aircraft cannot be taken to higher altitude of beyond 20,000 feet as the landing gear out means the cabin pressurization and effectiveness of ACs is way below desired level — making the flight very uncomfortable for passengers. Also, “wheels out” means that drag on the plane increases significantly that leads to a spike in fuel burn.
“In normal circumstances, such an aircraft does a ‘gear down ferry’ — usually — without passengers as the plane has to be filled with fuel to reach its engineering base. If such an issue happens in a hilly terrain like while flying out of Srinagar, then the plane has to immediately return to the origin,” said a senior commander.
16/07/15 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
Sunday, July 12, 2015
Day after bird-hit, patrolling intensified on Amausi runway
Lucknow: The Lucknow airport authorities increased patrolling around the runway on Saturday, a day after a bird hit an aircraft headed to Delhi with 147 passengers on board.
On Friday, the Delhi-bound Indigo flight (6E-147), with a scheduled departure time of 11.00am, had started taxiing on the runway and was about to take off when a bird hit its engine. The pilot immediately raised an alarm with the air traffic controller (ATC) and aborted the flight. The aircraft later was attended by engineers who took more than five hours to get things corrected. The flight eventually took off for its destination at around 5pm.
12/07/15 Times of India
Saturday, July 11, 2015
Wednesday, July 15, 2015
2 Pilots Grounded for Error That Could Have Been Serious
New Delhi: Two Jet Airways pilots have been grounded by civil aviation authorities for failing to follow the “correct technical procedure” on a flight from Delhi to Leh last week, which led to a sudden drop in cabin pressure.
Sources in the civil aviation ministry say an error by the pilots of flight 9W 2368 while landing at India’s highest airport at Leh in Jammu and Kashmir last Tuesday led to a drop in cabin pressure and oxygen masks dropped down.
A sudden loss of cabin pressure can make passengers uneasy and breathless but the airline says the plane has a “normal landing.”
A spokesperson of Jet Airways said: “Oxygen masks were automatically deployed during landing on-board Jet Airways flight 9W 2368 from Delhi to Leh on July 7. The aircraft had a normal landing and guests were deplaned without any incident.”
The aircraft, a new generation Boeing 737, had to be grounded and the airline operated a relief team to bring back passengers booked from Leh to Delhi. A team of engineers too was sent from Delhi to repair the grounded aircraft.
10/07/15 Sandeep Phukan/NDTV
Friday, July 10, 2015
Why India needs rules for flying drones, soon
New Delhi: Earlier this week two employees of real estate portal housing.com were detained after they were caught flying a drone near Chembur. The Mumbai Police claim the drone operated by the two had a camera attached to it and they were taking photographs of nearby buildings for the website.
According to DCP (Zone VI) Sangramsinh Nishandar ‘no one can take pictures from such devices without prior permission from the police” in Mumbai. However, there is a problem. There has actually been a ban on flying drones in India since October 2014, but not everyone is really aware of it. And this has not resulted in a stop on the sale of drones in India through online e-tailers and even toy store. While the cheapest drones cost as low as Rs 2,000, none of them carry any warning saying it is not legal to fly drones in India.
The ban will be in place for private organisations and individuals till the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) works out regulations for commercial use of drones. And that is not going to be easy given that the move will require clearance from the air navigation service provider, the ministries of defence and home affairs as well as other agencies concerned.
09/07/15 Nandagopal Rajan/Indian Express
Tuesday, July 07, 2015
Oxygen masks deploy on Delhi-Leh Jet flight, plane grounded
New Delhi: An alleged case of pilot error led to a close shave for 123 people on board Jet Airways’ Delhi-Leh flight on Tuesday morning. The aircraft cabin reportedly started de-pressurizing while flight 9W 2368 was landing in Leh and that led to the oxygen masks being deployed.
The aircraft, with 114 passengers and seven crew members, landed safely in Leh. The Boeing 737 was later grounded there. The directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) is probing the incident.
A Jet spokesperson said: “Oxygen masks were automatically deployed during landing on-board Jet Airways flight 9W 2368 from Delhi to Leh. The aircraft had a normal landing and guests were deplaned without any incident.Jet Airways is operating a relief flight to Leh to fly guests booked on the return flight. We are investigating the circumstances that led to this event…”
07/07/15 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Sunday, July 05, 2015
Accident averted in Nagpur Airport
Nagpur: A major tragedy was averted when the tyres of an aeroplane which was landing on the runaway of Nagpur’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport on July 4, 2015 evening burst causing smoke to bellow out.
According to sources, the tyres of an Indigo Aeroplane which was landing on the runaway of Nagpur’s Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport suddenly burst causing thick smoke to bellow. The pilot of Indigo Airlines somehow braked the plane and brought the aeroplane to a halt.
The passengers were de-boarded soon while emergency vehicles and staff ensured that no untoward incidence occurs.
04/07/15 Nagpur Today