Fault in the stars? Or perhaps in the skies?
Because nothing seems to be going right for India’s national airline, Air India. First, it was pilloried for choosing to reserve seats for women. Then, a London hotel shamed its cabin crew for taking away buffet food in lunchboxes. And now, this.
Two of Air India’s engineers forgot a basic step thus forcing an aircraft to make an emergency landing, the Press Trust of India reported.
A Delhi-Cochin flight which took off from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport early Monday morning had to be grounded forcibly within 40 minutes because the engineers had “forgotten” to remove pins from the landing gear, thus making it impossible for the pilot to retract the aircraft’s wheels.
The flight carrying 236 passengers could finally take off after a four-hour delay.
The matter has been reported to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the carrier suspended both engineers for the faux pas.
Here’s what people are saying about Air India.
Meanwhile, there’s buzz around a possible sale of the airline.
And there are reactions on that as well.
Good luck for the future, Air India!