New Delhi: Air India has grounded two of its pilots after the aircraft descended rapidly and deviated from the normal glide path at Hong Kong International Airport runway, said ANI on Thursday. The incident had occurred on October 20, triggering a Ground Proximity Warning System alert. (Also read: Booking Tickets For Maharajas’ Express Can Now Get You 17% Discount on All AI Flights) Also Read - International Flights: Air India Commences Non-stop Hyderabad-Chicago Flights | Details Here
A leading daily quoted a senior AI official as saying, “The pilots were derostered (taken off flying duties) and an investigation was started immediately.” The incident happened when the Boeing 787 (VT-ANE) Dreamliner was approaching to land at Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) with 197 passengers and 10 crew members. Also Read - Meet Air India's Zoya Aggarwal Who Commanded World's Longest Direct Flight Over North Pole
“During the approach, the aircraft descended rapidly, triggering a Ground Proximity Warning System alert on board the aircraft. The crew recovered the aircraft at about 200 feet above mean sea level, approximately 2.6 nautical miles from Runway 07R before performing a go around. The aircraft landed uneventfully on Runway 07R on the second approach,” a report on the incident said. Also Read - Air India's All-women Pilots Team Creates History by Flying Over World's Longest Route
A probe has been ordered into the incident. “The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) of the United States of America and the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of India, representing the State of Design and Manufacture and State of Registry of the aircraft respectively, were notified,” said the daily.
Air India pilots have been in the news for all the wrong reasons. Only last month, the airline had grounded the pilots of its Delhi-Sweden flight after the Dreamliner’s wingtip struck a building at Stockholm’s Arlanda airport on arrival while taxiing to the gate there.
The aircraft had 179 passengers and there were no injuries. The Boeing 787 was grounded there for checks and repairs. “We have derostered both the pilots. Further investigation is on,” a senior AI official said.
The Stockholm police, in a statement, said the 179 passengers “could disembark from the plane on a mobile staircase and thereafter enter the terminal.”