Wednesday, May 31, 2017

AI flight with 169 passenger suffers bird hit

Ahmedabad: A Delhi-bound Air India (AI) flight on Tuesday morning suffered a bird hit while taking off from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) airport. The flight's static sensor, which gives information of air pressure at high altitude, reportedly got broken but the pilot of the AI-018 carrying 169 passengers and six crew members continued its flight to the destination.
An AI spokesperson, however, said the incident may have occurred at Delhi airport while stating that the airline had no official confirmation. Highly placed sources at SVPI airport said that remains of a bird and the static sensor were found at the runway after the the Airbus-320 departed to Delhi.
"Air India's flight 018 from Ahmedabad to Delhi had a bird hit while taking off at around 7.40am. A small part of sensor, a metal piece of 7 to 8 inches, broke and fell on the runway. We found pieces of a dead bird and the censor during runway inspection," an official at SVPI airport said.
Sensor is the most vital part which gives information of air pressure outside the plane.
When contacted, Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar, said, "Flight number AI-018 from Ahmedabad to Delhi suffered bird hit while it was landing at Delhi. The flight was grounded at Delhi and resumed its operation to Vadodara in the evening."
31/05/17 Ashish Chauhan/Times of India