Tuesday, June 02, 2020

Aircraft develops two snags in two days

Kolkata: An Air India plane that has been sitting idle for over two months following the lockdown has developed snags within days of the domestic operations resuming in India. On Monday, the Airbus A319-112 aircraft (registration no. VT-SCB) that flew to Silchar but had to turn back following bad weather over the town then got grounded due to a snag. On Sunday, the very same aircraft did a Kolkata-Bagdogra return flight with the front washroom out of order during both legs of the journey.
The back-to-back problems have raised questions about service and maintenance regime in the carrier. Aviation industry experts said while it isn’t uncommon for planes that are in service to develop a snag despite regular maintenance, it is rare that a plane that has been rested for two months would develop two snags in two days. The aircraft is more than 14 years old.

According to airline sources, the aircraft that took off for Silchar at 5.50am had to turn back due to poor visibility that prevented landing there. When the weather cleared and the plane was again ready for takeoff from Kolkata, it had to turn back from the runway following a snag. That happened not once but twice, leading to the aircraft being grounded and a fresh plane requisitioned to do the flight.
02/06/20 Times of India
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