Pilots flew a grounded Air India plane from Sharjah to Chennai
NEW DELHI: Air India (AI) pilots flew back to India a plane that was grounded by authorities at the Sharjah airport, prompting the national carrier to bar a senior captain from operating international flights.
The incident drew a sharp response from UAE’s general civil aviation authority (GCAA), which threatened to ban the aircraft from entering the country’s airspace. The carrier later rushed a senior official to Dubai for dam- age control, an AI official told HT on the condition of anonymity.
The incident came just weeks after a technician died after being sucked into the engine of an AI plane at the Mumbai airport. HT had reported on February 5 that an AI pilot travelling as a passenger had obtained clearance from the air traffic control (ATC) for the flight.
In the latest incident on January 26, AI’s flight 967 (C henna i-Th iruv an ant ha pu ramSharjah) arrived in Sh arja hand was inspected by local authorities who found the plane’s cargo net damaged, a nick in one of the tyres and the engine blades.
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