Air India window panel dismantles in mid-air

  • Air India window panel dismantles in mid-air

Air India window panel dismantles in mid-air

An Air India flight from Amritsar to the national capital experienced turbulence soon after take-off last week, leaving at least three persons with minor injuries and a dislodged inner window panel.

"Three passengers who were injured were given first aid in the aircraft and on arrival into Delhi and went on their connecting flights thereafter", the spokesperson said, according to PTI, adding the airline was conducting an inquiry into the incident.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated a probe into the matter.

Terrified passengers were left fearing for their lives when turbulence cracked a jet's window - hours after a woman died after she was sucked out of another plane. It also informed the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board.

"The inside of a window panel (18-A) came off".

The Air India plane was rocked by turbulence shortly after take-off as the plane reached 15,000ft and then lasted nearly half of its journey. Airport sources said it was possible the passenger had not fastened her seat belt.

During the turbulence, as per the senior officials, even some oxygen masks also dropped during the severe turbulent phase of the flight.

Many media reports have has stated that, Air India 462 which is a Boeing 787 Dreamliner (VT-ANI) faced a turbulent flight for 10 to 15 minutes while climbing from 8,000 feet to 21,000 feet.

The overhead luggage bins opened and some baggage fell down on the passengers, said an India Today report.

The flight was completely full and was travelling between Amritsar to Delhi - a journey that would ordinarily take around 30 minutes. The passenger whose head hit the overhead panel got stitches.

The turbulence left at least three people with minor injuries and caused a window panel inside the aircraft to break away, said four airline officials.