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Passengers made to wait for 5 hours inside Air India flight due to technical snag

Around 200 passengers travelling to Bangkok on an Air India flight spent more than five hours inside the aircraft owing to a last minute snag that could not be corrected due to dearth of technicians. The flight was scheduled for take-off at 1:30 am on Saturday but the snag made it immobile till early morning. Around 5 am on Saturday when passengers became restless, the airline crew allowed t...

DGCA sacks flight safety chief of Air Pegasus, suspends 5 pilots

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sacked the flight safety chief of Air Pegasus from his post and suspended five pilots after a safety audit of the Bangalore-based regional carrier revealed serious safety violations. The airline has been warned of strict action in case of any future violations, the regulator said. The DGCA safety audit, first reported by HT on May 13, thre...

India launches mini shuttle in race to replace NASA spacecraft

India launched a mini unmanned space shuttle on Monday to test the viability of reusable spacecraft. The shuttle will head 43 miles into the atmosphere before dropping down into the sea, the BBC reports. It is not expected to survive in one piece, but will collect data on hypersonic speed and autonomous landing. India has been investing significant rupees in space missions in recent years, l...

SpiceJet flight nearly takes off without 40 passengers, then returns to pick them up

A flight operated by budget airline SpiceJet from Kochi to Mumbai nearly took off without 40 passengers, who were still travelling in a coach from the boarding gate to the aircraft. After the pilots realised what had happened, the plane returned to pick up the stranded passengers. As a result of the ensuing confusion, the flight was delayed by over 75 minutes. The passengers were travellin...

Lufthansa flight LH764: Plane's tyres dissolve on landing in Mumbai

More than 160 passengers on a Lufthansa Airbus have escaped injury after four tyres blew out during an emergency landing in Mumbai, India. The flight from Munich, Germany, touched down at 10.50pm on Friday (local time), reportedly 30 minutes earlier after the pilot declared an emergency due to a landing gear issue.  It's not clear what caused flight LH764's emergency, or what th...

Air India posts profit first time in decade, but still not out of woods

Air India has reported a modest operational profit for the first time in a decade, two years ahead of the target as per its turnaround plan. This is significant since any profit, even if it is at the operational level, has been generated for the first time since the erstwhile Air India and Indian Airlines merged to create the present behemoth. Lower fuel prices coupled with improved operational...

5/20 rule ‘anarchic’, trying to change it: Ashok Gajapathi Raju

The rule entails that an airline can fly to international destinations only if it has served within the country for five years and has a 20-aircraft fleet. Terming the 5/20 rule which allows Indian carriers to fly abroad as “anarchic”, civil aviation minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Thursday said he was trying to change it so that new airlines can connect with foreign destinations....

ISRO to Test Reusable Launch Vehicle for Future Space Missions

India is set to flight test, in June, a home-grown reusable launch vehicle to demonstrate its capability to re-enter atmosphere and return to earth for more space missions, a top official said on Saturday. "The winged vehicle, in the shape of an aircraft, is on way to Sriharikota for the maiden flight test in June from our spaceport there," Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) ch...

No provisions in contract for compensation mount AI’s Dreamliner woes

Facing frequent technical problems in its Dreamliner fleet, the absence of contractual provisions is hindering Air India’s efforts to get financial compensation from aircraft-maker Boeing. National carrier Air India, which is working to turnaround its fortunes, has been grappling with technical glitches with the “game-changer” Dreamliner aircraft since their induction in the f...

Singapore Airlines to fly Scoot into India soon

Scoot, the low-cost, medium-haul arm of the Singapore Airlines Group, which operates an all-787 Dreamliner fleet, is set to launch operations to India beginning May. Scoot will start operating to Chennai and Amritsar from Singapore on May 24, and begin services to Jaipur on October 2. “Scoot is excited to bring our proposition of value travel and service with Scootitude to gu...

Rafale deal far from over?

The $8.8-billion Rafale deal has not yet been finalised, but is at an ‘advanced stage’, defence minister Manohar Parrikar said on Thursday, adding that “the intention was to close it quite soon”. The BJP had on Wednesday tweeted a graphic, saying that the Rafale combat aircraft deal has been “finalised” and the Narendra Modi government had saved over `21,000...

Passengers forced to stay overnight inside plane at Indian airport

Passengers on a SpiceJet flight were forced to spend an entire night stuck in the airplane while it sat on the tarmac of an airport in Nagpur, India. According to the Times of India, SpiceJet Flight SG487 from Mumbai to Kolkata was forced to make an emergency landing Sunday night at Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar International Airport in Nagpur due to a technical issue. Unfortunately for passengers,...