Friday, July 28, 2006

AI flight causes scare at Bahrain airport

New Delhi: An Air India A-310 plane recently created a major scare at the Bahrain airport when it landed on the wrong runway and not the one the ATC there had asked it to touch down on. The incident happened earlier this month.
The airline has since asked the erring pilot to remain "on ground" till an inquiry into this serious lapse gets over.
"There was no risk to passengers. Bahrain airport has two runways and our plane did not land on the one it was earmarked to touch down on.
The A-310 was till allowed to land on the other runway as there was no risk (meaning other plane landing or taking off there)," said an airline spokesperson.
"Many airlines are now hiring retired pilots and inducting them after re-training. Since they have been out of practice for a while, mistakes can certainly take place," said an aviation industry insider.
28/07/06 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India
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