Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Air India aircraft repaired, its New York-New Delhi operations resumed

Air India flight from New Delhi to New York, which faced multiple instrument failure and made an emergency landing in Newark on September 11 with 14 Amdavadis on board, is back in service. It has already made two trips to New York since the incident.
Director General of Civil Aviation and Air India have also formed a committee to probe the reasons of so many instruments failing at the same time. The flight AI 101 had suffered failure of navigation, auto-speed break, collision avoidance, cross radio altimeter and auto land systems that allow an aircraft to operate autonomously without reliance on ground support equipment.
New York ATC had diverted the Ahmedabad-Delhi-New York flight to Newark airport where the visibility was better and conditions suitable for its emergency landing. The incident, which was first reported by Ahmedabad Mirror on September 12, went viral on social media on Tuesday when the transcript of the conversation between AI pilots and US Air Traffic Controller was put in public domain.
Aviation experts lauded the efforts of the pilot in landing the flight safely. Pawan Verma, pilot and air crash investigator, told Mirror : "The pilot must have been well-skilled as he landed the flight without any instrument help and just based on what he saw in front of his eyes."
19/09/18 Ahmedabad Mirror
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