In the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Rajya Sabha MP Amar Singh raised the issue of aircraft safety, especially in Jet Airways, and sought answers from Union Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju. At about 5 pm, Singh called the issue to attention and said, “I would like to draw the attention of the House to the functioning of Jet Airways aircraft. Lately, they have been involved in several incidents of ground collision, tail strike, reports of pilots coming in late for duty, inordinate delays in flights, and in general, causing great inconvenience to passengers.” He added that these instances had often been reported in press, but no action had been taken against the management. “Attention is also invited to the audit report of United Nations aviation watchdog, which has placed our country’s aviation sector in the list of its 13 worst performing nations. This has been ruinous to the country’s aviation sector image, so I request the minister to inform the House about the remedial steps taken in the matter against Jet Airways and their management.”
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight with 111 passengers on-board made an emergency landing at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport (SVPI) on Tuesday evening after the pilot spotted fire in its cargo hold.The flight that departed from Udaipur had 111 passengers on board. However, around 6.31, the pilot signaled the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for an emergency landing. The ATC immediately gave the aircraft permission to land and finally the flight landed at 6.50 pm. Fire emergency services at the airport along with emergency team immediately rushed to the landing area and all passengers, including the crew, were disembarked by 7:05 pm.Confirming the same, Manoj Gangal, Director, SVPI said, “As soon as the pilot signaled the ATC for emergency landing of aircraft that departed from Udaipur, we had kept our team ready. Since our priority were passengers, as soon as the aircraft landed, it was parked at a remote parking so as to not interfere with other movement at the airport. All on board were evacuated and disembarkation was completed at 7:05 pm.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the wake of a huge row over manhandling of a passenger by IndiGo Airlines last month, a Parliamentary committee will be examining the issue of “behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers” on Monday.The Department Related Parliamentary Standing Committee of Transport, Tourism and Culture headed by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien has called the Secretary of Ministry of Civil Aviation, along with representatives of Airports Authority of India, Directorate General of Civil Aviation and Bureau of Civil Aviation Security, on Monday.The panel has also asked public carrier Air India and private airlines, including Indigo, to appear before it and explain their views on the matter. Representatives from Jet Airways, Spicejet, Go Air, Vistara and Air Asia will also appear. The panel has sought their views on passenger amenities and behaviour of airline personnel towards passengers.The panel is expected to examine the issue comprehensively. The 31-member panel has 21 MPs.An internal inquiry report by IndiGo, after the incident in October, had said it was actually the “whistleblower”, who circulated the video, who was to be blamed for the incident.After the Indigo incident, public carrier Air India had come out with a hilarious photo, saying “we raise our hands only to say Namaste”, taking an apparent dig at the private airline.Even lawmakers have been found to be on the wrong side of the fence a number of times. Last year, there was a huge row when five airlines — Air India, IndiGo, SpiceJet, Jet Airways and GoAir — put a ban on Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad after he admitted to having bashed up an elderly AI employee.The issue had led to a huge political controversy. Sena had sided with Gaikwad, who ultimately wrote a letter to Civil Aviation Minister A Gajapati Raju, expressing regret but offering no apology.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A music channel VJ today set off a hijack and bomb scare on board a Mumbai-bound Jet Airways flight from here carrying 170 passengers and crew after which he was taken into custody along with his male friend, police said.A spokesman of Cochin International Airport Limited(CIAL) said the man was detained for allegedly shooting a video of the Jet aircraft using a mobile phone and writing a message to say he was going to hijack the plane using a ‘happy bomb’. Police said the Mumbai-based man identified hailing from Thrissur district was an VJ of a popular music channel and he was detained for questioning along with his 27-year-old male friend. The two men were booked on the flight(9W 825) that was delayed by two hours following the incident, an airport official said.The person shot the video and typed out the hijack threat message when he reached near the aircraft ladder for boarding the flight which was scheduled to leave at 12.05 PM today, the spokesman said.”He shot the video and wrote the message that he will hijack the plane using ‘happy bomb’ when he was about to board the flight,” he said. He also informed his friend, who had already boarded the flight, about the message, the spokesman said.”Suspicious over his activities, the VJ was apprehended by the security staff at the airport,” he said. Subsequently,he was offloaded and his baggage was checked thoroughly. The VJ was later handed over to the police and he is in police custody, he said. An airport official said a Jet Airways worker overheard him saying he had a ‘happy bomb’. The ground staff then told the supervisory officers who in turn informed a personnel of the Central Industrial Security Force(CISF) and the domestic terminal manager, he said.During preliminary questioning, the VJ told officials he was expressing his happiness to his friend in Mumbai on Facebook chat, the official said. VJ’s friend was not allowed to travel in the aircraft, the official said, adding that he was also taken into custody for questioning. A police officer, who did not want to be named, said that during questioning tha VJ claimed that he had said, “Let us hijack the plane with ‘happy vibes’ but did not elaborate. He said the two men had come to Alappuzha to attend a wedding.According to the police, the VJ was an “update maniac” who regularly shared pictures on Facebook. Jet Airways spokesperson in a statement said the flight took off 2.05 PM “with a delay of two hours on account of a security-related matter”. “The airline has informed the authority concerned of the same for further necessary action and has offered full cooperation as required,” the spokeperson said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways ad taking a dig at Indigo for the recent manhandling incident has gone viral in social media and since the netizens couldn’t keep calm.The online ad which says, “We beat our competition not you,” has attracted quite a lot of attention at a time when Indigo has been at the centre of controversy after their ground staff assaulted a passenger at Delhi airport.However, the Jet Airways on Wednesday issued a statement saying they have not created the ad.”Jet Airways did not commission the creative being shared on social media platforms, in context of a recent event concerning another domestic airline,” Jet Airways issued a statement on Twitter. “The creative does not reflect our philosophy and ethos and is in fact, in bad taste,” it further added.Earlier, ground staff of IndiGo Airlines were caught on camera assaulting a senior citizen on the tarmac of Delhi Airport.The incident that took place on October 15 came to limelight after the 80-second long video clip surfaced online. The footage shows that staff and the passenger, who has now been identified as Rajiv Katyal, arguing over Katyal boarding the bus on the tarmac.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The first ‘anti-hijacking’ case of the country has been registered against Birju Kishor Salla, 37, of Mumbai on Tuesday by the Ahmedabad Crime Branch after he was arrested on the charges of planting a note in the lavatory of a Jet Airways flight, which said there were 12 hijackers and explosives on board.The probe of the case is likely to be handed over to the NIA in 48 hours. Deepen Bhadran, DCP, Crime Branch, said, “It is for the first time that an anti-hijacking case has been registered under the Anti-Hijacking Act, 2016.”The 9W 339 Delhi-Mumbai Jet Airways flight had taken off from Mumbai at 2.55 am on Monday. When one of the crew members found the note in the tissue box inside the lavatory, he informed the pilot and the plane was diverted and landed at the SVPI airport in Ahmedabad around 3.45 am.Sleuths said interrogation of Bhalla, who was arrested following interrogation of the six passengers who had used the toilet on the basis of the footage of CCTV installed near the cabin door, revealed that he was in love with one of the flight’s Public Relation staffer in Delhi. He wanted to make her quit the job and thought destroying the name of the airlines would help, sources said.Bhalla was living in Mumbai with his 70-year-old father Kishore, mother Minal and wife Ishika and has a gold and diamond jewellery wholesale shop in Zaveri Bazar.It was also revealed during investigation that he had written the note in English and then to give it a terror angle, translated it into Urdu with the help of Google translator. He took its print out from the computer of his office and then planted it into the lavatory of the airline.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The jeweller, who allegedly planted a note about hijackers and a bomb in the toilet of a Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight, was today arrested under the stringent Anti-Hijacking Act, a senior official said.This is the first arrest under the Act which came into force in July 2017, replacing the 1982 vintage law, according to which an accused can face a maximum punishment of life imprisonment till death and his properties can be confiscated, police said.”We have arrested him under the Anti-Hijacking Act sections. This is the first arrest under the Act after it came into force,” Joint Commissioner of Police (crime) J K Bhatt told reporters here.”We are in contact with the National Investigation Agency. The case may be handed over to the NIA if the Centre wants,” he said.”Salla is a multi-millionaire jeweller, having a flat in a posh locality of Mumbai. He is originally from Dedan village of Amreli district,” the police official said.”The accused had planted the note with an intention to close down Jet Airways so that his girlfriend working in the Delhi-based office of the airline would leave her job and come to stay with him in Mumbai,” Bhatt said.He said the accused had earlier complained of finding a cockroach in the food served on Jet Airways flight.”We are investigating if he is in contact with any other anti-social groups. We have not found any other offence against him,” Bhatt said.The Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight, with 115 passengers and seven crew members on board, had yesterday made an emergency landing after a note stating that there were hijackers and a bomb on board was found in the plane’s washroom.The Boeing 737-900 plane was parked at a remote bay and all 122 people on board safely deplaned.The note, allegedly placed by Salla, stated that there were hijackers and a bomb in the cargo area, officials had earlier said.It was a printed note in Urdu and English, asking that the plane be flown straight to PoK (Pakistan occupied Kashmir). It ended with the words, “Allah is Great”.The reference to PoK made investigators suspicious because Pakistan-based terrorists call the area ‘Azad Kashmir’, an official earlier said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Monday said that a person responsible for the diversion of Jet Airways flight due to security threat has been identified.A Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight made an emergency landing at the Ahmedabad airport on Monday morning due after a threatening note was recovered from the toilet.”I am informed that person responsible for Jet flt 339 (Mum-Del) incident causing the landing at Ahmedabad today morn. has been identified,” said Ashok Gajapathi Raju.In another tweet, he said that he was advising the Airlines to put him on the No-Fly list immediately, in addition to other statutory criminal action.”A man Salla Birju has confessed that he had kept the ‘threatening note’ to destabilise operations in the Jet Airways flight,” reported ANI.An air hostess on board found a letter in the washroom which claimed there were hijackers and the aircraft should be flown to POK.”Flight No 9W 339 is covered by Hijackers and aircraft should not be land and flown straight to POK. 12 people on board. if you put landing gear you will hear the noise of people dying. don’t take it as a joke. Cargo area contains explosive bomb and will blast if you land Delhi,” reads the letter.However, a flight, with 115 passengers and seven crew members, landed without incident at Ahmedabad and all 122 were safely ‘deplaned’, a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement.”Jet Airways is extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and is not in a position to comment further at this stage. The airline regrets the inconvenience caused to its guests and is making efforts to bring them to Delhi at the earliest,” a statement reads.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to airport sources, NOTAM (notice to airmen) has been extended till 6 am tomorrow, which means flights will continue to operate from the secondary runway, which has a limited aircraft handling capacity.NOTAM contains information concerning the establishment, condition, or change in any facility, service or procedure, among others, in airspace management.”As many as 183 flights have been cancelled since last night, besides dozens other diverted to nearby airports due to the prolonged closure of the main runway in the wake of the SpiceJet aircraft incident,” a source said.”The process of removing the stranded aircraft from the runway is going on for the last 22 hours with the help of Air India but to no avail,” the source said.Till 5 pm today, 63 flights of the Jet Airways, eight of IndiGo, two of SpiceJet and one of GoAir were cancelled, a statement from the airport said.As many 56 flights were diverted to nearby airports till this morning.The airport operator said efforts to tow away the stranded aircraft and clear the runway had been hampered due to incessant rains.”The process of removing the aircraft has been affected due to continuous rains, resulting in soft soil in the area.NOTAM for closure of the main runway is being extended up to 6 am tomorrow,” a Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) spokesperson said.Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha tweeted, “#AI team assisting #RescueOperation in removal of #SpiceJet acft from #BOM runway, the only airline in India to offer this type of facility (sic).”A SpiceJet plane, carrying 183 passengers from Varanasi, skidded off the runway while landing at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here at around 10 pm yesterday amid heavy rains and got stuck in the mud.Following the incident, the airport authorities moved the flight operations to the secondary runway.The Mumbai airport, which is the second busiest in the country, has two crossing runways — 09/27 (the main) and 14/32 (the secondary runway).While the primary runway can handle up to 48 arrivals and departures per hour, the secondary runway has a capacity of 35 movements per hour. Overall, there are 930 flight arrivals and departures at the Mumbai airport every day.Following the closure of the main runway and subsequent cancellation of flights, several domestic airlines decided to waive airfare penalties for passengers travelling to or from Mumbai for a particular period.Torrential rain battered Mumbai and its suburbs for the second consecutive day today, causing a massive disruption in flight operations, delaying suburban train services and forcing a large number of people to stay indoors.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Vile Parle police busted an online job fraud racket when they nabbed five persons from Delhi on Friday. The group used to be on the lookout for youngsters seeking jobs and would pose as employers from reputed airline companies.While explaining the modus operandi of the gang, the police said, the gang would target people who posted their resumes on online job portals. The police said that with the same modus operandi the accused had recently duped a Vile Parle-based man of Rs 3 lakh on the pretext of giving him a job in Jet Airways.According to the police, the victim, Dhaval Patil, had posted his resume on a job portal and had received an email purportedly from the airline company offering him a job. Following which the victim received a call within few hours from an ‘HR executive’ who told him that he has been selected for the first round of the interview and will have to pay a certain amount as a procedural fee. After paying the fees, the accused lured the victim for several new offers, job position and salary package and manage to siphon off money from him.”We tracked them to Noida and have nabbed them. We are still on the lookout for the mastermind behind the racket,” said a police officer from Vile Parle police station. Cyber expert Shubham Singh said,”There are several fake emails that fraudsters use to target their potential victim. However, the victims should be alert and verify it with the company’s website and then only communicate.”
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man was held at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Monday for allegedly trying to smuggle gold biscuits worth over 7 lakh into the country. The man was caught by the Central Industrial Security Force sleuths and was later handed over to the customs.According to the officials, the man, identified as Mohammad Sheikh, arrived at the IGI airport on Monday morning to board his Jet Airways flight for Chennai, scheduled to take off at 7.30 am. It was when the man headed towards the security hold area for security check, CISF Sub Inspector Awdhesh Kumar who was at the baggage scanner, found something suspicious.“On physical checking it was found that the passenger was carrying three gold biscuits weighing around 250 grams worth 7.5 lakh with him. The matter was informed to custom officials and the passenger along with the seized gold was handed over to them for further legal action,” a senior CISF officer said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Government Committee report has found pilots of a Jet Airways flight guilty of risking lives of passengers.In April this year, Jet Airways and Vistara flights were involved in a near miss at Delhi airport.The Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) report says, “The incident was reported on April 21, when Jet Airways flight 9W 597 sought to land at Delhi IGI Airport. As a result of the landing being aborted, the distance between it and Vistara flight UK 811, which had been authorised for takeoff, fell to less than 400 feet, triggering a warning in both cockpits to maintain a safe distance”.There were 148 passengers aboard the Vistara Airbus A320 plane bound for Bengaluru, while the Jet Airways Boeing 737 was arriving from Muscat with 174 passengers.The report said also that Jet Airways Pilots ignored concern raised by the ATC (Air Traffic Controller) over the high speed. The ATC asked them thrice whether they would be able to land at that speed. The pilot of the aircraft replied in the affirmative thrice but opted for a go-around after the co-pilot warned the pilot that they would not be able to land because the flaps couldn’t be opened. The AAIB has suggested corrective training for the pilots of Jet Airways flight 9W 597 and air traffic controllers.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Chembur-based animal rights activist who was denied a vegan meal on board a Jet Airways flight, and ended up travelling on empty stomach for over 10 hours, has written to the Jet Airways management, questioning their decision to withdraw serving vegan food without any notice to its travel agents or customers.Siva, who travels to Delhi regularly for official purpose alleged that incidentally while he was served a vegan meal on July 21 by the same airline, on July 28 on his Mumbai-bound flight from Delhi he was informed by the cabin staff that they had discontinued the option.”Being in a series of meetings on July 28, I could not eat anything post 2 pm till I reached the Delhi airport, and since my flight was at 7.45 pm I decided to eat onboard itself. However after the flight took off I was in for a surprise as I was told that there was no vegan meal but only vegetarian and non vegetarian meal options available, and clearly the vegetarian meal was not suitable for vegans,” he said.He further alleged that his official tickets were booked by a leading travel management company and they had confirmed to him on email that Jet Airways had issued no circular or intimation on this change in policy, and even enquiries with ClearTrip confirmed the same. “This is a serious issue concerning personal choices, health safety and principles, and to make such a broad policy change without advance intimation is unethical and cruel,” Siva wrote in his letter. He also wrote that since he was forced to skip meals onboard, it was only post midnight that he ate after reaching home and ended up with serious acidity causing discomfort, health and productivity lapses.Stating that worldwide, more and more countries, institutions and airlines are expanding their vegan and other allergy-friendly options Siva wrote that his letter should be treated as complaint letter. He demanded and urged that Jet immediately reinstate these choices and ensure basic customer needs are met. A Jet airways spokesperson said “Jet Airways guests can choose from multiple meal options including 24 special meal types. However, going by trends, we have seen certain special meal options have a higher consumption pattern than others on our domestic flights.”No demand A source in the airline said that vegan food was found to be low in demand on domestic routes and hence discontinued based on periodic reviews, and channel partners were informed about it. If the passenger did not get the meal there are chances of its unavailability.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passengers of Jet Airways Mumbai-Jodhpur flight number 9W414 were horrified to notice sparks coming out of one of the plane’s engines after the massive Boeing 737 class aircraft suffered multiple bird hits while descending at the Jodhpur Airport on Friday afternoon. Reportedly three birds had collided with the aircraft, however, the pilot Parniti Thakkar managed to land the flight with 167 passengers on board to safety.According to the passengers, the pilot stopped the descent and took the aircraft to a higher altitude as soon the bird hit occurred, thus avoiding loss of control while landing.There was panic among the passengers as some of them witnessed sparks flying out of the left engine. The flight crew, though, was able to prevent panic on board and kept the passengers, some of who complained of burn odour, confined to seats.Meanwhile, the pilot was constantly in communication with the air traffic control over the situation. After ensuring that the engine though damaged was not on fire, she decided to proceed with landing. By that time, arrangements were made at the runway to meet any untoward situation.“The plane landed safely at 1:40 PM and all passengers deboarded without any complication” said director of Jodhpur Civil Airport GK Khare.However, for the passengers it was a hard to forget the nightmare, even as they appreciated the crew’s efforts. The airplane, meanwhile, was taken in for repairs and could not resume its return flight scheduled to Mumbai.IN SAFE HANDSReportedly three birds had collided with the aircraft, however, the pilot Parniti Thakkar managed to land the flight with 167 passengers on board to safety.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jodhpur-bound Jet Airways flight from here carrying 167 passengers and crew members on board suffered a bird hit prior to landing, forcing the pilot to abort the landing and instead do a go-around. The aircraft landed safely, Jet Airways said. Jet Airways flight 9W 412 from Mumbai to Jodhpur, suffered a bird hit during landing at Jodhpur Airport, the airline said in a statement. “As a precautionary measure, the captain decided to abort the landing and carry out a go-around. There were 167 guests and crew on board the Boeing 737-800 flight,” it said. Later, all the passengers were deplaned and transported to the terminal building. The aircraft is being inspected by the Jet Airways engineering staff (for any damage), the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
Hotel tycoon Surinder Arora puts his scheme to the government’s public consultation on the airport.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A man has been arrested for allegedly misbehaving with a 28-year-old CISF woman constable, who was on duty at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in plainclothes. The incident happened on the intervening night of June 27 and 28. The accused, Purushottam Lal Bagga, who is 45 and belongs to Punjab, was departing for New York through Kuwait Airways, police said. He reached a help desk in the check-in area where he saw the woman. Initially, he started staring at her and then initiated a conversation. Later, he “misbehaved with the woman, shouted at her and even made lewd gestures”, they said. Much to his surprise, he found out that the woman was a constable posted in the intelligence wing of the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force). She overpowered the accused and informed her seniors and the police. Personnel of the intelligence wing of the CISF in plainclothes keep an eye on suspicious elements at sensitive areas like the airport and Delhi Metro stations. Bagga, who was found to be drunk, was arrested under section 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman, punishable with a maximum term of one year or a fine, or both) of the IPC.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
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<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a development indicating trouble for the private airline, Jet Airways vice president Col. Avneet Singh Bedi was arrested by the Sahibabad police on the charges of land grabbing in Delhi in the wee hours on Sunday morning.The land, which belongs to the municipal corporation, was worth crores.The police investigation in the case is in process.More details awaited.
State-owned Indian Airlines and private carrier Jet Airways will begin the flights from Thursday.
Jet Airways told the BBC that the baby and the mother were in good health.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways plane flying from Saudi Arabia to India had an unexpected guest today when a baby was born mid-flight.Jet Airways 9W 569 took off from Dammam for Kochi at 2.55 am today and when an expectant mother travelling onboard went into labour the crew declared a medical emergency and diverted the flight to Mumbai.While the plane was still over the Arabian Sea she was helped by crew members and a nurse travelling to Kerala to deliver a baby.The plane landed in Mumbai and both the mother and the newborn were rushed to a hospital.The plane then resumed its onward journey to Kochi and reached its destination at 12.45 pm after a delay of 90 minutes.Later, Jet announced that the baby would offer a free lifetime pass for all the baby’s travels on Jet Airways.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A former expat pilot with the Jet Airways, sacked for allegedly making racial comments, has sent a defamation notice to cricketer Harbhajan Singh, besides two passengers whose “false complaint” cost him his job. He has also sent a notice to the airline for terminating his contract on the basis of a “false complaint”, his lawyer said. Singh had alleged that Bernd Hosselin, the pilot, “assaulted” a woman passenger and hurled “racial abuse” at another on a domestic flight two months ago. “The ground (for notice) is two-fold. One for Jet Airways for acting on false complaint of Puja, Jatin (two passengers involved in the alleged incident), and then Harbhajan intervening. Based on their intervention that man was wrongly removed from the service,” said Samit Shukla of DSK Legal, which is representing Hosselin. “We have issued defamation notices to these three individuals and to Jet Airways because they acted on false complaint for them to take remedial measures,” he said. He did not elaborate on what these remedial measures could be. Jet spokesperson refused to comment, while Singh could not be reached for his reaction. The former India player, who was not on the flight where the alleged incident took place, tweeted about it after coming to know of it from a Facebook post. “…this Bernd Hosselin a pilot with @jetairways called my fellow Indian (u bloody Indian get out of my flight) while he is earning here,” Singh had tweeted. “Not only was he racist, but physically assaulted a lady and abused a physically challenged man…,” the cricketer said in another tweet. The alleged incident had taken place on April 6. Jet Airways subsequently terminated the service contract of the pilot.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A city-bound Jet Airways flight from Leh with 128 passengers and seven crew members on board was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather. The incident happened yesterday. Due to the diversion, the flight crew declared fuel emergency to ensure that adequate priority for landing was accorded at the Jaipur airport, Jet Airways said in a statement today. As per standard operating procedures, the crew progressively informed air traffic controllers of their fuel status, it said. “Jet Airways flight 9W 2369 from Leh to Delhi was diverted to Jaipur due air traffic congestion emanating from inclement weather,” the airline said. The Boeing 737 aircraft with 128 passengers and seven crew members landed safely with adequate fuel, it said. The flight departed to Delhi after refuelling and receiving required clearances from the airport authorities, the statement added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Adverse weather conditions caused emergency landing of a Jet Airways plane at Jaipur international airport on Friday. The flight had 125 passengers on board at the time of landing.According to the sources, a Delhi-bound Jet Airways plane from Leh with 125 passengers made an emergency landing at the Airport, as it was unable to land at the destination due to bad weather.The plane scheduled to land in Delhi faced adverse weather conditions which made it to hover around for long time. With the hovering, the fuel got depleted following which it was decided by the crew to land it safely at Jaipur which had clear weather conditions. The aircraft landed safely and all passengers were safe.The fuel was filled in the plane here and it took flight again at 1pm for Delhi.“The plane from Leh reached Delhi but it could not land there due to adverse weather conditions. The aircraft was hovering over Delhi but bad weather could not allow it land, as a result it ran short of fuel following which it was diverted to Jaipur. The plane landed safely here,” informed a senior airport official.Notably, the National Capital Region (NCR) woke up to a rain soaked morning on Friday after overnight thundershowers were witnessed. Delhi received around 18mm of rain in few hours. Wet roads, drenched trees and moist soil with a few water puddles here and there were a welcome sight for Delhiites who had been baking under the scorching heat till Saturday. This causes traffic congestion at Delhi airport too.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Delhi-bound Jet Airways plane from Leh, with 125 passengers onboard, today made an emergency landing at the Jaipur International Airport (JIA) as it was unable to land at the destination due to bad weather and was running low on fuel, an airport official said. The aircraft landed safely and all passengers were safe, he said. The plane from Leh reached Delhi but it could not land there due to adverse weather conditions, JIA director J S Balhara said. The aircraft was hovering over Delhi but bad weather could not allow it land, as a result it ran short of fuel following which it was diverted to Jaipur, he said. The plane landed safely here, he added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The row between the Directorate General of Civil Aviation and pilots of various airlines over “obscene” remarks against a senior DGCA official ended today with the aviation regulator withdrawing a police complaint. The complaint was withdrawn after the airlines and the pilots expressed regret over the issue, a DGCA official said. The DGCA had, on June 6, filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly posting “obscene” messages on a WhatsApp group against one of its senior officials. Delhi police had questioned 13 pilots based on the complaint. “Airlines have also been informed to put in place SOPs (standard operating procedures) on the issue and sensitise their personnel,” the DGCA official said. Parents of some of the pilots involved in the matter also met the DGCA authorities and urged for resolution of the dispute so that their careers may not get affected, he said. “In view of all above, DGCA has withdrawn the complaint,” the official said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a rare move, aviation watchdog DGCA has filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly posting “obscene” messages on a WhatsApp group against its officials.Acting on the complaint, Delhi Police on Tuesday questioned 13 pilots. It is rare for the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) to file police complaint against pilots and in this instance, regulatory officials said some of the messages put out in a WhatsApp group were “really obscene”. DGCA Director General B S Bhullar confirmed that the regulator has filed the complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir. “DGCA has filed complaint (against the pilots) for making obscene remarks against DGCA officials on social media. Any action on that is for the police,” Bhullar told PTI. On whether any disciplinary action would be initiated against the pilots, Bhullar said it was up to the airlines to decide on whether to take action or not.Sources said some of the “obscene messages” on the WhatsApp group were also put out on the social media. A DGCA official said some pilots from Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir created a WhatsApp group and some content shared on it was “offensive and abusive”. The official also said that unconditional apology has come from the airlines’ managements. Earlier in the day, many of the pilots, including ten from Jet Airways, were questioned at the Lodhi Colony police station here.”The pilots have been called in for questioning on the basis of a complaint by the DGCA. They have been called in for an inquiry,” a senior police official said. Thirteen pilots have been questioned, the official added. A Jet Airways spokesperson said that a few of its cockpit crew were called to record their statements by local authorities in response to a complaint and the airline is extending its full cooperation to the authorities. “The matter is under investigation and we are therefore unable to comment further. Jet Airways will take appropriate measures where necessary, as per the company policy and in compliance with local law,” the spokesperson said.An IndiGo spokesperson said appropriate action would be taken after an internal enquiry into the matter. “We are looking into the charges and extending full cooperation to the DGCA in this matter. Basis the findings of our internal enquiry, we will take appropriate action,” he said. A SpiceJet spokesperson said no pilot of the airline has written any derogatory or obscene message against any DGCA official or made any comments on the draft DGCA CAR. “One of our pilots had just forwarded some WhatsApp messages to a few friends and colleagues,” he added. GoAir said that “only one” of its pilots has been named in the complaint and the issue was “closed” now after the airline filed an unconditional apology along with the other three private carriers.Last month, the regulator proposed norms that would require notice period of one year for captains and six months for co-pilots who resign from an airline. This draft Civil Aviation Requirement (CAR) has been opposed by most of the pilots’ groupings. Meanwhile, as many as 10 pilots of the Jet Airways were kept out of flying duties for quoting incorrectly the designation of a senior DGCA official in a communique. A communication, sent to the aviation watchdog opposing the proposal to increase the notice period for pilots to one year, in which the DGCA official’s designation was written incorrectly, had backfired with an ‘arbitrary’ regulatory action against them, sources had said on Monday.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Ten Jet Airways pilots were today questioned by the Delhi police after aviation regulator DGCA filed a complaint alleging that they had put up obscene posts on a WhatsApp group. They were questioned at the Lodhi Colony police station. “The pilots have been called in for questioning on the basis of a complaint by the DGCA. They have been called in for an inquiry,” a senior police official said. The pilots were in the capital after they were directed by the DGCA to appear before it today, after its Joint Director General took offence at not being addressed with the correct designation in a letter written by them to him. Sources said the DGCA official suspended the ten pilots from flying duties and asked the airline to check their “mental alertness” since “they could not even quote a designation properly”. There was no immediate comment from Jet Airways and the DGCA.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Customs sleuths at the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA) arrested two men, including a 63-year-old, on Saturday for trying to smuggle gold bars worth Rs 93 lakh.The Pondicherry residents had come from Dubai via a Jet Airways flight.According to the Customs officers, the duo was intercepted at Terminal 3 on the basis of intelligence inputs, just as they had crossed the green channel and were about to exit the airport.“One of them, a 63-year-old man, was wheelchair bound, and his aide was carrying his belongings and luggage. The two were stopped and requested to cooperate in a personal search and frisking of luggage. During the search, gold bars weighing 3.5 kg were recovered from the wheelchair-bound elderly passenger, who had concealed them in a specially-designed pocket in his shorts, which he was wearing under his trousers. He had crossed the green-channel on the wheelchair,” Deputy Commissioner of Customs (IGIA) Govind Garg said.Garg further said that it was later revealed that the elderly man did not require the wheelchair but was only using it to avoid suspicion. The 3.5 kg gold, which was seized, was assessed to be worth Rs 92.87 lakh. Both accused have been arrested, the officer said.“Involvement of senior citizens in smuggling is not regular. We are questioning the two to ascertain if they have smuggled gold in the past as well,” he added.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>’Heavily drunk’ son of Gujarat Deputy Chief Minister Nitin Patel was barred from boarding a Qatar Airways flight to Greece after he argued with airline staff on Monday, said a report.According to IANS, the incident took place when Jaimin Patel arrived at the Ahmedabad International Airport with his family to leave for Greece on a vacation.Patel, who is a land dealer, was along with his wife Jhalak and daughter Vaishvi, when he was stopped from boarding the plane, which was scheduled to take-off at 4am.”Jaimin Patel was prevented from boarding the flight. He also had an argument with the staff of the airways,” an official said, requesting anonymity.Reports said that when Patel reached the airport, he was barely able to walk.
ALSO READ With no-fly list, the likes of Gaikwad to be groundedHe cleared the immigration and other checks in a wheelchair due to his inebriated condition, airport officials told the agency.However, Nitin Patel said that it was a ploy to defame him saying, opponents were trying to tarnish their image by spreading false information.
ALSO READ Watch: Now, Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad engages in verbal spat with cops, video goes viral”My son, his wife and daughter were going for a vacation. He was not feeling well. His wife called up home and then it was decided to return home and not proceed,” said Patel.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways passenger on Friday tweeted that he suspected a Mumbai-Delhi flight had been hijacked, sending security agencies into tizzy at the airport in Jaipur.The Delhi-bound flight 9W355–carrying 176 people onboard, including 8 crew members–was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather at Delhi.Soon after the aircraft landed here, security agencies carried out a thorough check and the passenger who tweeted the message was offloaded.The passenger, who was travelling from Mumbai, tweeted in the morning saying, “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355″.In a statement, a Jet Airways spokesperson said a passenger tweeted a message involving a security threat necessitating activation of the security protocol.”The information was promptly shared with the concerned authorities including the CISF, and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and local law enforcement agencies in line with Standard Operating Procedures,” he said.According to the spokesperson, the concerned guest was subsequently offloaded for questioning by security agencies at Jaipur, owing to diversion of the flight.After the plane landed, the aircraft was checked before it took off to Delhi.It could not be immediately ascertained what further action was taken with respect to the passenger.Acting JIA director MP Bansal told PTI that five Jet Airways and one Oman Air flight coming from different locations which were supposed to land in New Delhi were diverted to Jaipur airport due to bad weather conditions.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways passenger today tweeted that he suspected a Delhi-Mumbai flight had been hijacked, sending security agencies into tizzy at the airport here. The Delhi-bound flight 9W355–carrying 176 people onboard, including 8 crew members–was diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather at Delhi. Soon after the aircraft landed here, security agencies carried out a thorough check and the passenger who tweeted the message was offloaded. The passenger, who was travelling from Mumbai, tweeted in the morning saying, “@narendramodi sir we have been in jet airways flight for past 3 hrs, looks like hijacked, pl help 9W355”. In a statement, a Jet Airways spokesperson said a passenger tweeted a message involving a security threat necessitating activation of the security protocol. “The information was promptly shared with the concerned authorities including the CISF, and the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security (BCAS) and local law enforcement agencies in line with Standard Operating Procedures,” he said. According to the spokesperson, the concerned guest was subsequently offloaded for questioning by security agencies at Jaipur, owing to diversion of the flight. After the plane landed, the aircraft was checked before it took off to Delhi. It could not be immediately ascertained what further action was taken with respect to the passenger. Acting JIA director M P Bansal told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) on Sunday arrested two Sri Lankan passengers for smuggling 25 gold bars from Dubai. 42-year-old Jameer Abdul Wahid and 48-year-old Althaf Sahul Hameed arrived from Dubai by the Emirates Airlines flight EK508 and were intercepted in the arrival hall of Mumbai’s Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. Their personal search resulted in the recovery of 25 gold bars weighing 2915 grams valued at Rs. 87,45,000. The said gold bars were concealed in the rectum of their body. They are frequent fliers to India and are in trading activities in textile material, readymade garments and cosmetics. Earlier on April 14, the AIU officers intercepted one passenger named Sayed Noorulameen, 26-year-old, a resident of Karnataka?s Bhatkal, who had arrived from Dubai by Gulf Airways flight GF 64 on suspicion that he was concealing gold in person. Upon interception, he was found carrying one hand operated Juicer.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Private carrier Jet Airways today facilitated an educational excursion for 35 terminally ill children of an NGO at the international airport here in association with MIAL. Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL) is the joint venture firm that operates the airport. The first-ever educational excursion brought the children up close with the experience of life at an airport, a release said. “Giving wings to dreams is one of the best ways to brighten up the lives of little children. At Jet Airways, it has always been our unwavering and consistent endeavour to support such initiatives,” said Jet Airways Chief Commercial Officer Jayaraj Sanmugam. The group of young and curious children was escorted by a guide, who not only explained the various guest facing processes including ticketing, check-in, security clearance, but also the back-end operations such as baggage segregation and others that facilitate guest movement within the airport, it added. The children were also taken on a bus ride of the airport apron area, showing them the various on-ground activities such as taxiing aircraft, refuelling as well as inflight catering. The NGO is working towards fulfilling the wishes of terminally ill Thalassemia major and blood cancer patients and supports all health care and education of such patients. “From time to time, The Wishing Factory has been touched by kind gestures of our donors and associates. Such association has helped our thalassemia and leukemia patients feel welcome and cared for while bringing much-needed moments of happiness and awe to their stressed lives,” said Mahazareen Dastur, Project Manager at The Wishing Factory. “So many of the children registered with us have only dreamed of what the inside of an airport or a runway might look like. A few even dream of flying their own plane someday. Jet Airways is helping us make their wishes come true,” Dastur added.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A near-collision was averted when an Air India plane, which was about to take off, was called back to the bay from the runway, to make way for an already-landing IndiGo aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International airport on Friday afternoon.This is third such incident from the airport in the past five months, with IndiGo featuring in three.The incident took place when the Goa-bound flight AI156, which was preparing to take off from runway 10-28 at 11.15 am, suddenly received an alert from the Air Traffic Control and was asked to return to bay. Sources said that the AI pilot was asked to move back to the bay as an IndiGo’s Ranchi-Delhi flight 6E398 was already on the approach path to land on runway 9-27.”The problem was that the runway 9-27 and 10-28 converge into each other. So when both runways are operational simultaneously, a gap is maintained between the flight landing and taking off from both runways. Since the IndiGo flight had already been asked to ‘Go Around’ (to prepare for landing in technical aviation terminology) while the AI flight was preparing to take off, one had to be removed from the path. It was therefore conveyed to the AI pilot to return so that the threat of a major collision can be averted,” said a source in the Delhi ATC.Air India or IndiGo officials could not be contacted despite repeated attempts.Officials also said that if one plane had not been removed from the path, it may have been a disaster. There were 122 passengers onboard the plane. The Air India aircraft finally took off at 12.50 pm. However, they said that further investigations would find out where the miscommunication took place.”Either it was a miscommunication from the ATC or the pilot did not understand the commands properly that led to the situation. An inquiry has been started to find out what went wrong,” said a senior officer.Past horrors at IGIDec 26, 2016: An IndiGo flight, after landing from Lucknow, was taxiing at the runway when a departing SpiceJet flight destined for Hyderabad came on the same runway.Feb 1, 2017 – A Vishakhapatnam-bound IndiGo aircraft entered a wrong taxiway where a Jet Airways plane was already parked
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad was today barred from flying by four private Indian carriers after his brazen assault on an Air India officer. The Federation of Indian Airlines, which has Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir as its members, has taken a “strong view of the incident and accordingly taken a decision to bar Gaikwad from flying”, an FIA source said. The FIA will not allow the Sena MP to fly on its member carriers, the source said. It is likely to come out with a detailed statement on the issue soon. Meanwhile, Budget carrier IndiGo today said it will support any move which bars unruly passengers from flying, a day after Air India said it was mulling preparing a no-fly list for such people. “We will support a no-fly list,” IndiGo President and Whole Time Director Aditya Ghosh told(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan today opened Cochin International Airport Limited’s new integrated international passenger terminal for commercial operation. The Chief Minister received passengers and crew who arrived at the new airport Terminal 3 via a Jet Airways flight from Muscat to Kochi in the evening. The first flight which arrived at the new terminal was received by ‘water salute’ as per tradition. The Chief Minister lauded the CIAL, the country’s first airport built under PPP model, which has scripted a new chapter in aviation history by becoming the first in the world that completely operates on solar power. He said CIAL’s success proves that big infrastructure can be built with public participation in the state. The foundation stone for the project was laid in Februrary 2014 by then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy in view of growth in passenger traffic through CIAL. The terminal, having a built up area of 15 lakh sq ft, was inaugurated in February last year. It is having a peak hour capacity of 4000 passengers, according to a CIAL release. Till the launch of the new international terminal, the CIAL had the capacity to handle only five aircraft to international locations. Some features of the new terminal include finger pier concept to handle 13-15 aircraft through aerobridges during peak operation and elevated road approach to departure level. It is also having a 25m wide corridor with landscape and connectivity to departure. The international terminal, currently operational at the airport, will become part of the existing domestic terminal after the new Terminal-3 becomes fully functional. Vijayan also inaugurated the the 4.3 km long four-lane road connecting the airport and National Highway at Athani near Aluva and also the expansion of the CIAL’s solar power capacity from 15.5 MW to 21.5 MW.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A London-bound Air India aircraft from Ahmedabad on Friday had to be escorted by fighter jets after it lost contact with the Air Traffic Control while flying over Hungary.The Dreamliner Boieng 787-800 plane with 231 passengers and 18 crew members onboard lost contact with the ATC due to “frequency fluctuation”, an Air India spokesperson said.”AI flight 171 from Ahmedabad for Newark airport in the US via London lost communication with local ATC while flying over Humgary for a short while,” the spokesperson said.The aircraft, which took off from the Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport at Ahmedabad at 0700 hours, landed safely at London’s Heathrow Airport at 11.05 hours local time, the spokesperson said. Air India has already started a probe into the incident, he added.This is the second such reported incident of an Indian aircraft losing contact with the ATC in the European airspace in a month’s time.On February 16, Jet Airways flight Jet Airways flight 9W-118 from Mumbai had lost communication with the Germany’s ATC on its way to Heathrow airport in London, forcing the German Air Force to scramble two fighter jets after it.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A 28-year-old cabin crew of Etihad Airways has accused a man of sexually assaulting her on multiple occasions after promising to marry her, and sending obscene photographs and videos of hers to her colleagues in the capital. The police have identified the accused and are carrying out raids at various places. They have also issued lookout notices against the accused because the victim, in her complaint, has said that the man holds the passports of two countries, India and Australia.Police sources said that the accused, identified as Abhishek Rana, is absconding and a team has been sent to Uttar Pradesh to nab him. The victim said in the complaint that she had first met Rana when he was travelling to Germany on business in April 2015. “He started talking to her after the two exchanged numbers. The accused also visited her in Abu Dhabi, where she had bought expensive gifts for him and also paid for his flight tickets,” the police said.The sources added that the victim visited Agra to meet Rana and his mother in 2016. She then went to Delhi with him. There, he took her to a five-star hotel in Kalkaji and started a physical relationship with her. The accused went on to sexually exploit the woman on many occasions on the pretext of marrying her, the victim said.She added that when she investigated Rana’s antecedents, she was shocked to find out that he was already married to someone else, and realised that he had been sexually exploiting her. She was also shocked to find out that he had cheated on many other women in a similar manner earlier, and that he had obscene videos of her in his possession.“After the woman confronted him, he started extorting money from her and blackmailing her saying that if she did not fulfil his desires, he would send nude photographs and videos of her to her employers and colleagues, apart from uploading the same on the internet,” said a senior police officer.He added that Rana also took the victim’s debit card from her and raped her. Then, when the woman finally stopped succumbing to his demands in February this year, the accused sent the obscene videos to her colleagues. “He also uploaded them on social media sites,” the complaint stated.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways aircraft, flying to London from Mumbai with 330 passengers and 15 crew on board, was intercepted by two German air force planes on Thursday as it reportedly failed to communicate with the local air traffic controllers.This is the second case involving Jet Airways in recent years. In April, 2014, during a flight from London to Mumbai, its aircraft had failed to respond to the local air traffic controllers, raising security scare. The investigation in the 2014 case blamed it on the pilot, who had removed the headphone but forgot to adjust the volume of the speakers.Thursday’s incident was first reported in aviation portal, Aviation Herald, which claimed that contact of the aircraft was lost for a brief period while itwas flying over between Bratislava (Slovakia) and Prague (Czech Republic). The initial investigation suspect wrong-tuning of frequency as one of the possible reason for the lost of contact.The website said that as there was no response from the Boeing 777 aircraft, despite being asked to identify itself, two German Eurofighter Aircraft were dispatched in its direction. The Jet Airways contact was revived at about 60 nautical miles north of Nuremberg, Germany.The website said that the Jet Aiways flight 9W-118 later continued to London for a safe landing.Jet Airways, in a statement said that communication was lost in German airspace and safely restored within a few minutes. As a precaution, the German Air Force deployed its aircraft to ensure the safety of the flight and its guests. The flight with 330 guests and 15 crew subsequently landed at London without any untoward incident.The airline said that it has duly reported the matter to the authorities concerned, including the Directorate General of Civil Aviation. Also, as part of the standard process, the flight crew of 9W 118 has been de-rostered pending investigation.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A reported communication failure on board a Jet Airways aircraft while flying in the German skies gave a scare to German authorities who feared a hijack and scrambled their fighter jets.The incident happened three days back when the Mumbai-London flight 9W-118, with 330 passengers and 15 crew members, lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) for a “brief period” while flying over Cologne.The pilots of the Boeing-777 lost contact due to a reported communication failure, the Jet Airways said in a statement in Mumbai on Sunday. However, the communication was safely restored within minutes and the flight landed at its destination without any hitch, the statement said.The airline has de-rostered the pilots of the flight pending investigation and reported the matter to the civil aviation regulator, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). “Contact between Jet Airways flight 9W-118 from Mumbai to London Heathrow, of February 16, 2017, and the local ATC, was briefly lost while flying over German airspace,” the airline statement said.”As a precaution, the German Air Force (GAF) scrambled its fighter jets to ensure the safety of the flight and its passengers,” it said.The communication was, however, safely restored within a few minutes, the statement said.
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Two engineers of the Delhi International Airport Limited have been suspended in connection with an IndiGo aircraft crossing runway and entering into a taxiway where a Jet Airways plane was already stationed for taxiing, following an order from aviation regulator DGCA. The two engineers had failed to switch off the lights at the runway which was not in use, which contributed to the IndiGo Airbus plane intruding into the other taxiway at Delhi airport earlier this week, a senior DGCA official said. A major mishap was averted on Wednesday when aircraft today left its assigned lane, crossed the runway, and entered another taxiway where a Jet Airways plane was stationed less than 30 meters behind it, prompting the pilots to apply the brakes to avoid a collision. “When runways are not in use, the runway lights are supposed to remain switch off. However, at the time of the incident, the lights were on and partially led to the incident. Therefore, two engineers have been suspended in this connection,” the official said. The official said on January 30 also, a GoAir commander had filed a hazard report stating that the lights of an used runway were found on when he was operating flight at the Indira Gandhi international airport here. The commander and the first officer of the flight have already been derostered by the airline, pending investigation, which is underway.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In a major fiasco, an IndiGo aircraft today left its assigned lane, crossed the runway, and entered another taxiway where a Jet Airways plane was stationed, prompting the pilots to apply the brakes to avoid a collision and potential disaster at the Delhi airport today. The two pilots of the Visakhapatnam-bound IndiGo aircraft have been taken off duty, pending investigation, even as air safety regulator DGCA has started a probe into the incident which took place around 5:40 this morning. As the IndiGo aircraft got stuck on the taxiway due to the want of a tow vehicle, Delhi airport’s one of the main runways 10/28 remain shut for operations close to an hour, impacting operations badly, sources said. “The two pilots have been derostered and would not been assigned flying, pending investigation,” an IndiGo spokeperson said, confirming that the aircraft had “missed the runway centerline” due to low visibility and found itself in another taxiway. “IndiGo flight 6E 719 (New Delhi-Visakhapatnam) was given taxi permission through C lane and was supposed to hold at Runway 28 but the aircraft commander crossed the runway and realised he was standing in W lane, where a Jet Airways aircraft for Abu Dhabi was already stationed,” airport sources said. While IndiGo aircraft had 81 passengers onboard, Jet Airways Boeing 737 plane was carrying 142 passengers at the time of the mix-up, sources said. “Followings this, IndiGo was contacted to arrange push back tow but it took time, and due to poor visibility, tow was guided by a follow-me vehicle. “During this period all operations were on hold, causing heavy congestion and consequently flight delays as well,” they said. Many flights were delayed while some incoming aircraft were diverted due to the non-availability of runway 28 for almost an hour, sources said. In a statement, IndiGo said, “IndiGo flight 6E-719 while taxiing from taxiway C for runway 28 for departure with Runway Visual Range of 125 meters at Delhi airport missed the runway centerline due to low visibility and found itself taxiing towards taxiway W where a Jet Airways B737 aircraft was already stationed to be lined up.” The airline, however, said that its aircraft stopped at “adequate” separation distance of Jet Airways plane, when directed by the Air Traffic Controller. It was, however, unable to turn to line up. “Keeping in mind the safety of passengers and aircraft, the Captain in Command took the decision to switch off the engines and pushed back to line up on runway 28, while following ATC instructions at times,” the statement said.(This article has not been edited by DNA’s editorial team and is auto-generated from an agency feed.)
<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many 168 people onboard a Jet Airways flight from Mumbai had a narrow escape after the tail of the aircraft hit the runway on landing at the Dhaka International airport last week, prompting the airline to take the pilots concerned off duty.The B737-800 aircraft has been grounded and a team from Boeing company is expected to visit Dhaka to assess the extent of damage to the plane while engineers from Jet Airways has already started the assessment, sources said.The incident, which happened on January 22, has been reported to aviation regulator DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation). DGCA sources said Bangladesh’s aviation authorities are expected to investigate the incident since it happened in Dhaka.According to them, if the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) of Bangladesh, which is the country’s aviation regulatory body, decides not to probe the incident, then AAIB may take up the investigation.When contacted, Jet Airways confirmed the “tail strike” incident. The flight 9W-276 from Mumbai to Dhaka had 160 guests and eight crew members when it had a “tail strike” on landing at Dhaka airport on January 22. There were no injuries to guests or crew, all of whom deplaned safely, the airline said.In a detailed statement, Jet Airways also said the crew of the flight has been placed off roster in order to assist with the investigation as a standard practice. The aircraft, B737-800, is currently being inspected by the Jet Airways’ engineering team at Dhaka before it is brought back for routine operations. Aircraft Accident investigation Bureau (AAIB), which comes under the Civil Aviation Ministry, is the apex body for probing accidents, serious incidents involving Indian aircraft. Further, Jet Airways said it continues to offer all cooperation to support the investigation in its aircraft incident.