Pi­lots flew a grounded Air In­dia plane from Shar­jah to Chen­nai

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Tushar Sri­vas­tava tushar@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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