Air India Boeing 787 Incident: Safety Concerns and Regulatory Investigation

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An Air India-operated Boeing 787 plane experienced cabin depressurization on Thursday while flying from Dubai to Kochi, carrying around 260 people, according to official sources. The incident occurred at 37,000 feet, leading to the deployment of oxygen masks and some passengers suffering nosebleeds.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is investigating the incident and has grounded the aircraft while off-rostering the crew pending the investigation.

After the depressurization, the pilots descended the aircraft to 10,000 feet and diverted the flight to Mumbai. The captain reported the pressurization loss to the Air India Integrated Operations Control Centre. There were 247 passengers and 11 crew members on board.

An Air India spokesperson confirmed the incident, stating that flight AI 934 from Dubai to Cochin was diverted to Mumbai due to a technical issue. The B787 aircraft landed safely in Mumbai with 247 passengers and crew, and alternate arrangements are being made to carry passengers from Mumbai to Kochi. The incident has been reported to the DGCA.

This incident is the latest in a series of safety-related incidents faced by Indian airlines, particularly those related to engineering issues. On Tuesday, GoFirst witnessed two engine malfunctions on different flights. The first incident occurred when a Leh-bound flight from Mumbai diverted due to a fault in the right side power plant’s engine interface unit. In the second occurrence, the aircraft operating on the Srinagar-Delhi route turned back to its origin airport after the exhaust gas temperature exceeded the limit.

Last week, several incidents were reported, ranging from engine snags and burning smells in the cabin to a bird entering the airplane cockpit. Low-cost airline SpiceJet experienced at least eight incidents in less than a month, leading the regulator to issue a show-cause notice to the airline for failing to establish safe, efficient, and reliable air services.

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