1. Air India flight pilots forget to retract landing gear, run short of fuel, forced to land in Nagpur

Air India flight pilots forget to retract landing gear, run short of fuel, forced to land in Nagpur

Air India Flight 676, bound from Kolkata to Mumbai, was forced to land at Nagpur on Saturday, July 22 due to its fuel running low.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: July 25, 2017 7:19 PM
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Air India Flight 676, bound from Kolkata to Mumbai, was forced to land at Nagpur on Saturday, July 22 due to its fuel running low. As reported by Times of India, Air India has grounded the two pilots who did not pull back the landing gear of the aircraft after the take off from Kolkata all the way till Nagpur. The flight was headed to Mumbai but had to halt at Nagpur. The pilots realised that they had been flying the aircraft with the wheels out only when they prepared to land at Nagpur, TOI reported.

Flying an aircraft with the wheels out means flying low and also results in more utilisation of fuel. The aircraft AI 676 had 99 passengers on board on Saturday. TOI reported quoting a source, “After take off, both the pilots forgot to retract the landing gear. As a result, the brand new Airbus A-320 continued to ascend at a very low climb rate. The plane finally gave up climbing after reaching an altitude of 24,000 feet as the extended landing gear meant very heavy drag. It then levelled out and flew at 230 knots for the next 1.5 hours.”

Since the aircraft was flying at a very low range compared to the optimal level in the sky that an aircraft is supposed to fly within, it resulted in the immense burning of the fuel due to the extra dragging. By the time the Airbus A-320 reached Nagpur, it went low on fuel and both the pilots decided to divert the plane to the Nagpur airport as it would not have been possible to reach Mumbai in that much fuel, reported Times of India.

TOI quoted the AI spokesperson, Dhananjay Kumar, who said, “The pilots were de-rostered after the incident was reported.” He said that the airline is probing further into the case. According to TOI, the two pilots are equally surprised that none of the cabin crew members or the passengers complained about the noise and vibrations made by the aircraft due to flying at such a low altitude.

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  1. Rolo Tomassi
    Jul 28, 2017 at 9:01 pm
    This aircraft is loaded with alarms why weren't you two paying attention? Very lucky that you two can face the review committee, next time you may not be so lucky?
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      alonzo tornquist
      Jul 28, 2017 at 6:27 pm
      Whoever wrote this article (on AI 676) needs to be fired! What a Crappy piece of reporting!
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        Bob
        Jul 28, 2017 at 2:56 pm
        What a load of rubbish. The plane would have configuration alarms going the whole way.
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          Asif
          Jul 27, 2017 at 7:54 am
          You leave women and a man pilot in a pit room lock the door and expect them to fly a plane??...lol...anyway burning extra fuel was not their only concern..landing gear down all the flight could damage the oleos ,brakes and hydraulics of the system which fortunatly didt happened as the plane was new...otherwise pilots did actually played with lives of all 99 passerngers.
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            Warrier
            Jul 27, 2017 at 1:52 am
            24000 feet is not a low al ude although above 30000 feet would have been better on fuel economy. Higher consumption of fuel was the result of high drag imposed by the landing gears. If the story is tru, then passengers should feel happy that it' was not a case wherein the pilots forgot to lower the landing gear before landing😔
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            1. Bikashendu Biswas
              Jul 26, 2017 at 7:25 pm
              Forgetting to retract gear is by what means a great mistake when the concern prestiguous GIANT can keep the show running with huge..huge PUBLIC MONEY at intervals n that too without any questioning from any corner.Probably the adopted rotten child of a moneyed man can do no more worse than this. I am not sure probably you also about the story of getting rid from this NATIONAL ASSET by selling it ....the story floated by our present NATIONAL ADIMINISTRATOR.... would see the light of implementation at all...which fertile brain with own pocket would think to shoulder this beautiful FIGURE n get adored...this selling whether is not just an issue to make the WISE VOTERS of this Republic to keep contended if at all they are to be cotended.....
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                Weskus
                Jul 26, 2017 at 6:28 pm
                How the can this even be possible???????
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                1. Paul Holcroft
                  Jul 26, 2017 at 12:57 am
                  ...or the noise in the pit of undercarriage warnings!! Unless there WAS a fault with that system?
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                    Lal
                    Jul 25, 2017 at 6:53 pm
                    The women pilots were surprised that no one complained. They should be driving autorickshaw instead of plane. It was risky for passengers as shortage of fuel without any nearby airport would have left them st ed in air without fuel. What is experience and qualification of the two pilots? who trained and recruited them? No names have been given. Should be a national secret covered under official secrets act. Made in India.
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                      skymonkee
                      Jul 26, 2017 at 1:18 am
                      What has the gender of the pilots got to do with it? Plenty of stories of male pilots forgetting to lower landing gear... reporting drunk for duty... losing orientation... and let's not forget: crashing aircraft and actually killing pax. But only a true misogynist would feel the need to post "The WOMEN pilots". Bet you wouldn't have commented "The men pilots were surprised that no one complained."
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                        skymonkee
                        Jul 26, 2017 at 1:21 am
                        What has the gender of the pilots got to do with it? Plenty of stories of male pilots forgetting to lower landing gear... reporting drunk for duty... losing orientation... and let's not forget: crashing aircraft and actually killing pax. But only a true misogynist would feel the need to post "The WOMEN pilots". Bet you wouldn't have commented "The men pilots were surprised that no one complained."
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