Mumbai: Another Air India Tragedy Averted

Mumbai, May 31 (IANS): Yet another Air India tragedy was averted when a Dubai-Pune flight had a narrow escape May 26 after the pilot lost control over the aircraft and it suddenly lost height, an official said here Monday.

"As many as 112 passengers of the Air India Express Dubai-Pune flight IX-212 miraculously escaped unhurt. The pilot lost control of the aircraft and it did lose some height," an Air India spokesperson told IANS.

The plane experienced sudden decompression due to loss of altitude. "How much height the aircraft lost is a matter of investigation," he added.

"All passengers are safe and uninjured. We have de-rostered both the pilots until after the investigation," said the spokesperson.

The sharply descending aircraft allegedly endangered another aircraft which was flying below. "The director general of civil aviation has launched an investigation into the incident," he said.

This incident happened four days after the Air India Express plane coming from Dubai overshot the runway at the Mangalore airport and fell off a cliff killing 158 people.


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  • Antony DS, Mangalore / Dubai

    Tue, Jun 01 2010

    Stope using Air India and its expresses. They either overshoot or . The pilot must be using toilet during the landing. encourage private airlnes. so only air india and express employees can use the national carriers for free flying. one know how the government transport working in India, so also govt owned airlines. wake up.

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  • kusum, new delhi

    Mon, May 31 2010

    Cant Air India be privatised? instead of wasting taxpayers money govt should act Its high time air india is made accountable?do people know that ex indian airlines and air india employees get free tickets for life time even to fly abroad,then how can the airline show profits?

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