Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Windshield cracks return to haunt Air India’s Dreamliner

New Delhi: Windshield cracks are yet again haunting Air India's Dreamliners. In the most recent instance, AI's Delhi-Dubai flight on Christmas had to return to the capital within an hour of takeoff due to this reason. This is at least the second case of Boeing 787 windshield cracking in the last five months.
AI 995 (VT-ANQ) took off for Dubai around 9pm on Monday with 249 passengers on board. "The cockpit window (left side) developed cracks soon after takeoff. The pilot then decided to return to Delhi. The plane landed safely in Delhi at 10pm. At no point was passenger safety compromised," said an AI official. With its cracked cockpit windshield, the aircraft did not fly above 7,000 feet during its almost hour-long flight from and to Delhi. AI arranged for another Dreamliner (VT-ANG) which flew the 249 passengers to Dubai at midnight.
The airline has been facing issues with Dreamliner windshields, though in the last two years the issue had subsided. This August, another AI Dreamliner flying from Frankfurt to Delhi had to be diverted to Tehran after its windshield cracked mid-air.
"We hope this is not a pattern (of another round of problems with Dreamliner windshields). This issue has not been fully settled but the occurrence had declined in the recent past," said an official. Three years ago, cracked windshields were a regular occurrence on the Dreamliners.
27/12/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India