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Air India plane flies with landing gear out, 2 pilots taken off duty

LiveMint logoLiveMint 25-07-2017 PTI

Mumbai: Air India has de-rostered two women pilots as they forgot to retract the landing gear of a city- bound flight after take off from Kolkata last week, according to airline officials.

Faced with low fuel for the onward journey, the flight was diverted to Nagpur, where it made a safe landing. The incident involving Kolkata-Mumbai flight—that was carrying nearly 100 passengers—happened on 22 July.

Officials said the pilots did not retract the landing gear after take-off. Following the incident, the two women pilots have been de-rostered and the initial probe report has also been submitted to the executives concerned, they added.

“The pilots were de-rostered after the incident was reported. Investigation is on,” Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said. Landing gear is deployed at the time of landing and take off. Soon after a plane takes off, the landing gear is retracted but in this particular instance, the pilots concerned failed to retract it. As the landing gear of the aircraft was not retracted, it resulted in increased fuel consumption.

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