Published on : Tuesday, February 28, 2017
An Air India flight bound for Cochin was forced to perform an emergency landing in Delhi soon after its take-off as the engineers had failed to remove pins from the landing gear, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.
Two engineers have been taken off duty pending inquiry after they ‘forgot’ to remove the pins last morning, an Air India spokesperson said.
The AI 933 Delhi-Cochin-Dubai plane with 234 passengers onboard took off from Indira Gandhi International Airport on Monday at 5:36am but was forced to return and make an emergency landing 40 minutes later after the pilot was unable to retract the wheels.
The pins prevent accidental retraction of the landing gear while the aircraft is on the ground. However, if they are not removed before take-off, the pilot cannot retract the wheel while the plane is in flight.
After the plane returned, the pins were found attached to the landing gear, which were then removed. Finally, the plane took off for Cochin at 9:56am, after a delay of four hours and two minutes.