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.
May be another case of fudging the #flying hours ...
Perhaps the co-pilot was outsourced?
Sure as hell hope that co-pilot got his pink slip.
That is an incredible pilot!
Maybe he should have called Indian Tech support.
If they can't fix a computer, how can they fly a plane?
Hello, Air India? I'd like to cancel my reservation....
you are caller # 10000 in the queue, your approx wait time is .... yet to be determined
It's amazing that they have a 25 year old baby flying a plane with so many people in it. I am going to drive more.
So you can share the road with 16 year old babies instead.
He should've called customer support. At least he would've gotten someone in his own country.
This article is so bogus. There is no way anyone called a 'co-pilot' wouldn't know how to pull a plane out of a dive. As you can see, half the people posting here (and their children) know what to do. How about some investigative reporting CNN? Find out the real story before you post it. I'm tired of reading tripe.
Read a bit more. It's not as easy as pulling back on the stick.
You are assuming that all co-pilots are fully trained the world over.. sorry to break it to you, but they are not.
Where was the pilot? He is just the copilot?
Ok... A copilot is still a qualified pilot. They will have less experience then the pilot (captain) but should still be fully trained and licenced as competent to fly that aircraft. In the senario where the more experienced pilot is not able to perform their job the copilot is expected to be able to safely fly and land the aircraft.
What is reported here could only have happened if the flight deck was vacant, 'child at the controls', 'sleeping pilot' or 'suicidal pilot senario'. Scarey, but all of these have happened before. If there was actually someone awake on the flight deck when this event happened then they were not a qualified pilot. The fact that the more experienced pilot was able to hurry back and stop the decent is fortunate, but they should never have left the aircraft in control with an obviously unqualified pilot. Maintaining straight and level flight is a fundamental piloting basic and is actually so easy and instinctive that even an untrained person can do it.
All flight crew onboard are responsable for this and should never be able to fly passengers again.
I love the comments, simply because people play games they claim to know how to handle a real plane and safely pull it out of a dive. I just love how stupid people are...
Coincidently, the game players are correct. I am a pilot and have 'played' that 'game' for many years... it's widely accepted through-out the aviation community as a good training aid.
From years of piloting Radio Controlled aircraft, the first step is to chop the throttle.
check....air india...dont fly on....
We know he will not be reincarnated as a bird...