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.
"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"
He could get out of 25 degree angle dive. Are you F****ing kidding me!? Try pulling back ever to bring the nose of the plane? This is just ridiculous to read.
isnt this a express flight whats the problem
Don't worry demographicly you are kicking our butts.
I for one – and I am unanimous in this – feel the copilot should be beaten within an inch of his life.
Lol. I'm sorry, but after having ridden on Air India approximately a year ago, I find this story to be extremely funny, but not surprising, lol.
And now starts the more difficult task of cleaning 113 seats that smell like ****. This is the real challenge.
Well that was definitely a day in may.
An Indian: Maybe He should stay answering phones for Citibank, and aren't they all Engineers, maybe he could have written a programme to slow the plane lol lol lol.
And the Americans: May be they should stay designing seat adjusters which will cause interference to flight operations!
This is actually scary. A 737 Adam Air encountered the same dive (gradually) and eventually broken apart and plunged to the sea.
Wonder who had more doodoo in their shorts?
I did but cnn hates me
You forgot the Syphalis experiments on unsuspecting Sudanesse and consenting for reduced sentence prisoners in this country in the 70's.
I forgot ... Now it is killing the poor Mexicans as part of Racism, More Guns for kids so that they can kill each other, killing all the wildlife and eating the carcass, dumping electronic and ship waste with deadly asbestos to Africa and Bangladesh. Try Wikileaks.org and the attrocities will enlighten you.
Everyone is talking about the Copilot, passengers, etc. What about the poor pilot on the can when hi plane suddenly takes a nosedive! There's the real story: There I was, dropping the kids off at the pool when all the sudden....
f@!king seat adjusters! how do they work??
anyone familiar with Nasa's vomit comet, the plane that simulates weightlessness? Is a 26 degree dive enough to do this?