New Delhi: Making a mockery of security at
the Delhi airport, thieves have swiped 1,700 scrapped aircraft
engine parts weighing about 3,000 kg and worth over Rs 10 lakh
from the AI`s engine overhaul complex.
The theft of goods, mostly the engine parts and blades of
Boeing aircraft, came to light in the second week of June when
one of godowns was opened, a senior Air India official said.
It took two-months for the airline officials to report
the theft, and an FIR was filed in the last week of September.
"As soon as the theft was reported we started an internal
probe. But the officials could not find anything concrete and
the persons responsible. So the matter was reported to police
on September 23," the official said requesting anonymity.
The goods were received at the godown between December
2010 and March 2011 and no one checked the godown since then
till it was opened in June.
Suspecting theft from other godowns, airline officials
carried out inspections and found parts missing from there,
Police suspect that the theft on such a large scale could
not have taken place without the help of an insider.