Domestic carriers, including erstwhile Kingfisher Airlines, had made 31 precautionary or priority landings and 114 emergency landings at various airports in the country due to engine defects or failure, medical and other reasons in last three years.
Delays in Air India flights due to lack of crew and trained staff on Thursday evoked concern in the Rajya Sabha, with a member claiming that the airline was operating planes for which its crew was not trained.
The crew shortage hit the national carrier Air India again on Monday with its flight to Ahmedabad from here failing to depart for its destination even after delay of one-and-half hours and putting over 150 passengers onboard at inconvenience.
Nepal today said India's necessary support and technical assistance helped it in successfully removing a Turkish jet that had skidded off its runway due to poor visibility and left nearly 50,000 travellers stranded.
Air India on Tuesday sought to downplay the controversy involving Congress Rajya Sabha MP Renuka Chowdhury who arrived late for boarding one of its flight from here, as she was allegedly "busy shopping", which resulted in delayed departure and resentment among 276 flyers onboard.
The Air India pilot who assaulted an engineer posted at the Chennai Airport on Saturday morning has reportedly been derostered, and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought an inquiry report on the incident, even as the union representing the engineers at the airport are demanding justice.
Taking forward its ongoing probe into the Sunanda Pushkar death case, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Delhi Police is reported to have questioned the crew of Air India flight on which Congress leader Shashi Tharoor and his deceased wife had an altercation on January 15 last year.
C and strategic analyst, Commodore (retired) C Uday Bhaskar, on Sunday said the government must take the hijack threat received at the Air India office in Kolkata very seriously because the Kandahar hijack incident of 1999 had proved to be humiliating for the country.