Rebuffing Air India's attempts at cover-up, Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju on Saturday disclosed that a dummy stun-grenade was found on board an Air India jumbo plane when it landed at Jeddah in the wee hours.
In a security scare, the Air India crew on Friday night found a defused grenade in the business class of an Air India jumbo aircraft, which was kept as a standby for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent US visit.
Nagaland Governor P B Acharya has urged the Centre to immediately restore the daily Air India flight to the northeastern state from Kolkata and also connect capital Kohima with Dimapur through chopper service.
The Air India board has cleared a proposal for sending its pilots on deputation to its budget arm, Air India Express, which has been facing shortage of commanders for some time now, airline sources said on Sunday.
Air India and private airlines on Saturday continued their evacuation exercise from flood-hit Jammu and Kashmir, carrying several tonnes of relief materials and flying back almost 1,100 stranded people.
Former Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Friday night trashed claims made by former Comptroller and Auditor General Vinod Rai that he had nudged Air India to go in for largescale purchase of aircraft.
As Kashmir valley remains under flood water, Air India has decided to ferry free of cost tourists trapped in Srinagar while Gujarat and Bihar governments are sending 75,000 food and dry food packets for affected people.