Thursday, September 27, 2018

Air India Flight 101 Crisis: How the super crew managed to land giant Boeing 777 safely

Air India Flight 101 can be best described as a pilot’s nightmare. The Delhi-New York flight was caught in worst possible situation. Had it not been for the heroes of Air India, September 11 could have turned into worst aviation disaster in the recent history.

Recently, the tapes of the conversation between cockpit crew and the air traffic controller made headlines. The chilling tapes showed how despite all odds, the pilots kept their calm.

Now, for the first time, the pilots have spoken about the fateful day. The Air India crew — Captain Rustom Palia, Captain Sushant Singh and First Officers Vikas and DS Bhatti — said that it was very difficult to operate under the circumstances. According to an NDTV report, the crew described the dramatic moments and said that they took a "shooting an approach" into Newark after they realised about the multiple failures.
After straight 15-hour flight, the Boeing 777 was low on fuel. But the pilot decided to land the plane without the help of automated altitude readings. "I had to snap correct and descend the 777 without the help of any automated altitude read out," Captain Palia was quoted as saying by NDTV.

Even after multiple system failure, adverse weather conditions and lack of fuel while struggling to land at the John F Kennedy Airport in New York, the Air India pilot succeeded in saving the life of 370 passengers on-board.
The pilot had reported to the Air Traffic Control (ATC) that the flight experienced multiple system failure and was low on fuel, which also restricted its time of flying when the system failed.
27/09/18 DNA

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