NEW DELHI, May 31: A major aviation tragedy was averted when an airplane of Air India's low-budget carrier on a flight from Dubai to Pune with 118 persons on board plunged a few thousand feet after it hit an air pocket giving tense moments just four days after the Mangalore air crash.
No one fortunately was injured in the incident that occurred on May 26 when the Boeing 737-800 of Air India Express which was on an auto-pilot mode dived over 5,000 feet while flying over Muscat, official sources said today.
Both the pilots of the flight IX-212 have been taken off duty and investigations are pending against them., which will be done by d by Air India and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
Reports suggests that the commander of the aircraft (IX-212) was in the toilet when the airplane, after the plunge, came directly on the path of another plane while the co-pilot was unable to control the plane.
In a statement issued after the incident an Air India spokesperson said the Air India Express flight "lost some height" but "not 15,000 feet as reported". Air India officials also said that there was no reason for worry as no flight was passing nearby that time.