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 India‚Äôs 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, who‚Äôd 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 ‚Äúwent through an air pocket and that is why there was a rapid descent,‚ÄĚ 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 ‚Äúprobably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency.‚ÄĚ
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.
Was it Apu from the quickee mart flying this thing? Note to self, India will not visited anytime soon by me. I can only imagine "ladies and gentlemen we just hit some slight turbulence, I have put the seatbelt sign on for now."
Sounds to me like a suicide / mass murder attempt was averted
So, we almost had a golden opportinity to lose a whole bunch of worthless vermin, but we missed it! Damn, damn, damn! Better luck next time.
Hit an "air pocket"? That's the best he could come up with? Really? tnx for the laughs!
What about this:
"I was banging a stewardess and she slipped and threw the controls forward"
That version wont be seen Id wager
This was no accident. Just a poorly thought out tribute to Leslie Nielsen.
What a stupid thing to happen, Should have sent him in the full body scanner to see if he had a brain!
I dunno. I play flight simulator and even I know how to deal with such a situation ūüôā
How many passengers riding on the outside of the plane fell off during the dive?
Wrong diagnosis! It was obviously a defective Jeffries Tube in the Disgrontificator Assembly!
Was he stupid? Or was he trying to crash the plane on purpose?
Americans are the only ones that matter – that is all
This story is such bs, there is no way moving the seat would make you put enough force on the column to put the plane into that kind of dive, you would have to be pushing real hard on the yoke. Maybe its Air Egypt all over again, Capt gets up, Copilot puts the plane into the water. After he praised his god of course
wonder if the co pilot knew how to land the plane...wonder if he decided he didn't need those instructions in flight school...just sayin'
Does not matter. It is assumable that the passengers were mostly the people who work hard for cheap in Dubai whose lives were already in Jeopardy and probably spent their last saved money to buy the ticket.