Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Air India flight grounded as cockpit glass develops crack

Gaya: The Air India flight (433) from Gaya to Delhi was grounded on Sunday following detection of a crack in the cockpit glass.
The airport sources said the barely visible crack was noticed well in time. Airport officials promptly grounded the flight and reported the matter to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). "The DGCA has ordered an inquiry," the source said.
Though Air India officials were reluctant to share any information in this regard, two versions are doing the rounds; that the crack developed due to a bird hit or it was on account of internal pressure. Only the inquiry will throw light on the exact cause behind the crack.
The authorities arranged a special aircraft on late Sunday evening to ferry the Delhi/Varanasi-bound passengers. Whereas airport officials put the number of Varanasi-bound passengers at 44 and for Delhi at 53. The regular AI flight 433 stops at Varanasi during the return journey. A team of engineers, along with the replacement glass also arrived at Gaya. The cracked glass was replaced and the plane took off on Monday morning.
Regular flyers on the Gaya-Delhi route, including fiction writer Sanjay Sahay and surgeon Dr Ratan Kumar, complained that the airline operated very old model of planes on this route.
05/09/17 Abdul Qadir/Times of India