Saturday, August 25, 2018

AI's Singapore-Chennai flight returns safely to Changi after windshield cracks enroute

New Delhi: Windshield cracks are back to haunt Air India’s Dreamliners. A Singapore-Chennai flight on Friday (Aug 24) returned to Changi Airport safely after the right side of the windshield cracked some time after getting airborne. This is the second time a Boeing 787 windshield has cracked in a fortnight. On August 13, AI’s another Dreamliner (VT-ANT) was flying from Delhi to Kolkata when the right side of the windshield cracked.

On Thursday, AI flight AI 347 operated on AT-ANS took off from Singapore at about 9.30 am (local time). Flight tracking websites show the aircraft was cruising at an altitude of 40,000 feet in Malaysian airspace, near Kuala Lumpur when it turned back to Singapore and started descending. The plane landed safely at Changi at 11 am.

Confirming this, an AI spokesman said: “The aircraft is grounded. Passengers were sent to Chennai on an alternate aircraft.”
25/08/18 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India