The co-pilot of an Air India Express 737 sent the jetliner into a terrifying 7,000-foot plunge in May when he accidentally hit the control column while adjusting his seat, investigators report.
According to the report from Indiaâ€™s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the co-pilot panicked and was unable to execute the proper procedures as the jetliner dropped from 37,000 feet at a 26-degree angle. The plane and its 113 passengers were saved when the pilot, whoâ€™d gone on a bathroom break, used an emergency code to get into the locked cockpit, jumped back into his seat and grabbed the controls to bring the plummeting plane out of its dive.
The aircraft would have broken apart if the descent had continued, the aviation agency report said. The aircraft was not damaged and no one was injured, the report said.
After the pilot, 39, regained control of the plane, he told passengers, who were in the middle of a meal when the jet plunged, that the plane had â€śwent through an air pocket and that is why there was a rapid descent,â€ť according to the report.
The aviation agency report concluded that the 25-year-old co-pilot had not been trained in the specific scenario the jet encountered and â€śprobably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency.â€ť
Neither the pilot nor co-pilot were named in the report.
The Air India Express flight was en route from Dubai to Pune, India, on May 25 when the incident occurred.
I picked the wrong day to quit heroin
Talk about things that could happen on a bathroom break.
Who cares who works for who. And it is clear you are outbreeding us.
And congratulations on your parenting aspirations.
Good for you and have a nice day.
Did you just choose the words from your post at random? It makes absolutely no sense!
Surely you can't be serious?
I'm serious, and don't call me Shirley!
Is there no PAUSE button on that plane? Man, even I panic sometimes when i get too close to the ground on my flight simulator. I instinctively press the PAUSE just to regain my composure and thought.
yes! yes! there is a pause button. There is also a rewind and fast forward button and of course the eject button. Where do you want to go today?
Wow!!!!! They give you a meal on Air India.
Lucky it wasn't their last.
Do You know how difficult it is to slaughter , clean and cook chicken for 180 plus folk on a 23degree diving aircraft?
No, it wasn't their last. But I'm sure they were not planning to see their meal again once it was consumed. Uh-oh...
I don't understand most of this conversation. Are you speaking Jive?
I speak Jive!
Don't you think the India should make sure pilots know how to pull a plane up from a fall before they fly? Seems kind of basic.
maybe he's one of the ones that only wanted to learn to fly straight and level
This was an attempted act of terrorism similar to that Air Egypt Flight when the copilot crashed the airplane.
Is that the incident when they arrested Pharoah Tutankhamen??
If this happened in may, why is it news now?
Slow news day?
Because it's news that was regurgitated after the flight.
Outsourcing airline crashes – what a concept.
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Thank you, come again!
Its on the news now because Air India covered it up.