Sunday, February 7, 2016

Old Air India planes a disaster in waiting: Pilots

New Delhi: Air India pilots have sounded a warning over the almost 25-year-old Airbus 320s the airline is still using and warned of a 'disaster'.

The airline, on its part, maintains that these 'classics' are perfectly safe to fly and plans to use them for two to three more years.

In the past too ICPA has several times written to the airline and the DGCA on the issue of using the A320 classics that IA started inducting in late 1980 to early 1990s as they are prone to snags. However, the regulator has refused to act so far.

A senior AI official dismissed safety fears over using these old planes and says that they will be used for up to three more years. "We were having problems with weather radars and have ordered them. The Boeing 747s used to fly VVIPs (read president, vice-president and prime minister) are even older. But there is no issue with their safety," the official said.

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