Ex­perts will probe AI trou­ble

A Dubai-bound flight had over­shot the run­way at the Trichy air­port.

The Sunday Guardian - - Nation -

Air In­dia has roped in tech­ni­cal ex­perts to in­ves­ti­gate the in­ci­dent that hap­pened on Fri­day at the Trichy air­port in Tamil Nadu where a Dubai-bound Air In­dia Ex­press flight IX611 over­shot the run­way, se­verely hurt­ing its un­der­belly and some parts of the flight’s en­gine dur­ing its take-off.

Se­nior of­fi­cials at Air In­dia have said that the in­ci­dent was some­what “ab­nor­mal” and is some­thing very rare.

A se­nior Air In­dia of­fi­cial said: “We have launched an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into this mat­ter. The air­line has also en­gaged ex­perts to un­der­stand how this in­ci­dent took place and none of the air­line’s con­trol sys­tem got af­fected de­spite such a mas­sive bang. The pi­lots fly­ing the air­craft were ex­pe­ri­enced, hav­ing sev­eral hours of fly­ing time in their record. The pi­lots have been grounded till a fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the mat­ter is com­pleted.”

Air In­dia Ex­press flight IX611 was tak­ing off from Trichy air­port when this in­ci­dent oc­curred and the flight over­shot the run­way. The air­craft was at a speed of 250-270 km per hour dur­ing the take-off and it hit the bound­ary wall of the air­port, which caused mas­sive dam­age to the air­craft as well as the wall of the air­port.

“It is shock­ing that de­spite the flight over­shoot­ing the run­way and hurt­ing its un­der­belly, the air­craft flew for four hours with­out any in­di­ca­tion to the pi­lots. The pi­lots have said that all the sys­tems in the flight were work­ing nor­mally. It was only af­ter ATC (Air Traf­fic Con­trol) of­fi­cials brought the in­ci­dent to the no­tice of the pi­lots that the flight was brought back to Mum­bai. When the pi­lots were in- formed about the in­ci­dent, the air­craft was over the Ara­bian Sea fly­ing to­wards Dubai,” the se­nior Air In­dia of­fi­cial said.

The air­craft with 130 pas­sen­gers and six crew mem­bers on board landed safely at the Mum­bai air­port. The pas­sen­gers of the flight were moved to Dubai in an­other flight from Mum­bai. The Direc­torate Gen­eral of Civil Avi­a­tion (DGCA) has also launched a probe into the mat­ter.

Civil Avi­a­tion Min­is­ter Suresh Prabhu has asked min­istry of­fi­cials to con­duct a high-level in­quiry into the mat­ter.

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