Two Jet Airways crew members suspended

July 26th, 2008 - 8:35 pm ICT by IANS  


New Delhi, July 26 (IANS) Two crew members of private carrier Jet Airways have been suspended for failing to secure the rear door of an aircraft that was headed for Mumbai Friday evening, forcing the plane to return here an hour after taking off, an official said. According to the airport official, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended two members of the cabin crew. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar was among the passengers on board.

When the plane reached a height of about 5,000 metres after taking off at 5.25 pm, the cabin crew in the rear of the plane informed the pilot that the rear door was not safely locked.

The commander of the plane immediately reported this to the Delhi air traffic control. The aircraft then flew up about 8,000 metres to burn fuel before making a safe landing an hour later.

The DGCA’s preliminary inquiry showed that the cabin crew had not shut the door properly, the official said.

Jet Airways executive director Saroj Datta said the doors have been made in such a manner that even if they were not aligned properly they would not open. He, however, did not comment on the suspensions.

The incident comes a day after an Air Mauritius plane with 241 passengers and 11 crew members on board had to abort take-off after fire was detected in the under-carriage of the aircraft at the Indira Gandhi International Airport, New Delhi.

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