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'm a pilot,, and I'm sorry but this is flying 101. if he could not pull the nose up he doesn't belong in a flight deck. I'm wondering what kind of pilots they have over there. Seriously you might as well have a Joe blow off the street if this is their competence level. And then to lie to the passengers!
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ha ha ha live by the sword ... I like it .
"After the pilot, 39, regained control of the plane, he told passengers, who were in the middle of a meal when the jet plunged......"
-what?!! they get meals on the flight?
Can you imagine the strong curry smell that filled the air as 113 Indians emptied their collective bowels?
oh gawd. oh gawd.
I have this amusing visual of a plane load of screaming Indians...covered in tasty Indian food..
Tears of laughter; I'm drowning!
No doubt the copilot moved something but it wasnt the seat...
The owner's manual for my car says to never adjust the seat while moving. Does the manual for the aeroplane say the same thing?
This brings back memories...
When I had my first car. A '69 Camaro. I decided to move my seat up a bit while driving...
My knee hit the gearshift (on the column) and put the car in neutral.
what happened to my post?
Unbelievable! What qualifications are needed to become an air-india right seater? 1,000 hours of driving a donkey cart? Flying this airline is not just dangerous, it's suicidal.
1. Speak a language - any language.
2. Have at least a tenuous grasp on reality.
3. Fit into the uniform of the last guy.
4. Know the difference betgweeh "up" and "down" - at least while standing in an upright position.
5. Know what an "air Pocket" is so you can lie about it.
6. Be crazy enough to want to get into an Air India aircraft.
Jeez....that's pretty stupid....maybe the guy was sober!
The airlines keep saying experienced pilots are not worth the money.
What kind of idiot does not know how to fly an airplane by hand... a clueless little boy making poverty wages.
In spite of stories like this, flying is STILL the safest mode of transportation. Of course, if you are still afraid, you could always take a train, which is still safer than driving.....unless an airplane falls on it......
In spite of stories like this, flying is STILL the safest mode of transportation. Of course, if you are still afraid, you can always take a train, which is safer than riding in a car.....unless an airplane falls on it......
Back to selling slurpies at 7-11.