Pilot error led to emergency landing of Air India Express flight in TVM: Probe report

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Thiruvananthapuram: A preliminary investigation conducted by Air India’s operations department found that a big mistake on the part of the chief pilot led to an emergency landing of a Dammam-bound Air India Express flight at Thiruvananthapuram International Airport on Friday.

Following the incident, Air India took action against chief pilot Sanjay Saran and co-pilot Sagarika. They have been temporarily suspended, citing a lack of necessary skills to fly the aircraft. They have to undergo compulsory simulator training for two weeks.

Meanwhile, security officials of the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) arrived in Thiruvananthapuram and collected evidence the other day. The officials will retrieve flight data from the black box onboard the plane.

Further, officials will inspect whether the flight baggage tilted to one side during take-off.

According to the investigation conducted by Air India Express, the flight did not undergo any hydraulic failure.

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