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The unprecedented number of aircraft grounded as coronavirus lockdowns blocked air travel - at one point reaching two-thirds of the global fleet - has created a spike in the number of reported problems as airlines return them to service.(Unsplash)

Airlines warned over safety as jets return from pandemic storage

By Reuters | Posted by Jahnavi Gupta | Sydney
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 03:30 PM IST
Regulators, insurers and experts are warning airlines to take extra care when reactivating planes left in extended storage during the Covid-19 pandemic, citing potential pilot rustiness, maintenance errors and even insect nests blocking key sensors.
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Meanwhile, airline sources alleged that officials tried to manipulate the employee’s report data in the scheduling system.(HT)
Meanwhile, airline sources alleged that officials tried to manipulate the employee’s report data in the scheduling system.(HT)

Air India Express crew member flew despite testing positive

By Neha LM Tripathi, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 05:09 AM IST
A senior member of Air India Express’s cabin crew was on duty despite the airlines being aware that she tested positive for Covid-19 around 50 minutes before the employee’s flight, it has been found. The airline, while admitting that the employee had tested positive, said it will investigate the matter further.
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As countries are gradually opening their doors to foreign tourists, a lot of new rules and restrictions are coming into force.(PTI)
As countries are gradually opening their doors to foreign tourists, a lot of new rules and restrictions are coming into force.(PTI)

‘Air India Express will not take responsibility for onward connections’: Latest guidelines

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 18, 2020 01:13 PM IST
For passengers travelling to Kuala Lumpur, Air India Express has a new rule.
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Officials stand by the debris of the Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AP)
Officials stand by the debris of the Air India Express flight that skidded off a runway while landing in Kozhikode, Kerala.(AP)

Almost everyone injured in Kerala crash discharged, 1 undergoing plastic surgery: Air India chief

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2020 03:38 PM IST
The accident happened on August 7 when an Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 people onboard, including a six-member crew, overshot the tabletop runway at Kozhikode in Kerala. The incident happened due to heavy rain.
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A man is seen through a thermal camera at Dubai International Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Dubai. (File Photo)(REUTERS)
A man is seen through a thermal camera at Dubai International Airport amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease in Dubai. (File Photo)(REUTERS)

Travelling to Dubai: Why Dubai has put additional checks on Indians

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 07:56 AM IST
Air India flew Covid-19 positive passengers twice to Dubai, the authorities have alleged. The airlines has blamed the ground-handling agency for the lapses.
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Regular international flights are suspended till October 31 but the civil aviation ministry is in the process of setting up air bubbles to widen the scope for international travellers.(PTI)
Regular international flights are suspended till October 31 but the civil aviation ministry is in the process of setting up air bubbles to widen the scope for international travellers.(PTI)

International flights: New destinations, rules, relaxations in October

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 02, 2020 08:05 AM IST
Indians can now fly to Oman and Kenya. Air India Express is starting direct flights to Dubai from Mangalore in October.
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Airline officials said that the ground handling agencies concerned have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur.(REUTERS)
Airline officials said that the ground handling agencies concerned have taken appropriate punitive action against their employees who have been held accountable for the lapse at Delhi and Jaipur.(REUTERS)

Suspension on Air India Express flights to Dubai withdrawn

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 08:07 PM IST
The DCAA had sent a notice to Air India Express. The notice stated that the flight IX1135 operated by the airline from Jaipur to Dubai International Airport (DIA), had a passenger on board, who had contracted SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19.
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The flights have been temporarily barred because a passenger on a recent Jaipur-Dubai flight operated by Air India Express, the low-cost airline of the national carrier Air India, was found to be Covid-19 positive by the DCAA authorities. This was the second time the airline flew an infected passenger.(PTI)
The flights have been temporarily barred because a passenger on a recent Jaipur-Dubai flight operated by Air India Express, the low-cost airline of the national carrier Air India, was found to be Covid-19 positive by the DCAA authorities. This was the second time the airline flew an infected passenger.(PTI)

Dubai suspends AI Express flights till October 2 for flying infected passengers

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2020 03:35 PM IST
Boarding a passenger with Covid-19 positive test result for the second time is contrary to and is in violation of the laid-down procedures and protocols, stated the notice
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As per the UAE government rules, each passenger travelling from India need to bring original Covid-negative certificate from RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.(PTI)
As per the UAE government rules, each passenger travelling from India need to bring original Covid-negative certificate from RT-PCR test done 96 hours prior to the journey.(PTI)

Dubai suspends AI Express flights till Oct 2 for flouting Covid-19 guidelines

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh | New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 18, 2020 12:06 PM IST
The Air India flights allegedly brought passengers with Covid-positive certificates twice during the last couple of weeks, senior government officials said.
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Union civil aviation minister Hardeep singh Puri in Parliament.(PTI)
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep singh Puri in Parliament.(PTI)

Kozhikode air crash: Report to be submitted within 5 months, says Hardeep Singh Puri

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Poulomi Ghosh | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON SEP 16, 2020 08:35 PM IST
On August 7, an Air India Express flight from Dubai with 190 people overshot the tabletop runway during landing at the Kozhikode airport in heavy rain and fell into a valley 35 feet below and broke into pieces, killing 21 people, including the pilots.
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A security personnel stands guard in front of the August 7 wreckage of Air India Express jet, at Calicut International Airport in Kerala.(AFP)
A security personnel stands guard in front of the August 7 wreckage of Air India Express jet, at Calicut International Airport in Kerala.(AFP)

Air India Express crash: Wife of killed co-pilot delivers baby boy

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Agra
PUBLISHED ON SEP 07, 2020 08:50 AM IST
The baby boy, weighing 2.75 kilos, was born to Megha on Saturday. Both the baby and mother are fine.
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The Air India Express flight that crashed while landing on August 8.(PTI)
The Air India Express flight that crashed while landing on August 8.(PTI)

Royal Aeronautical Society fellow asks for court of inquiry into Kozhikode crash

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 20, 2020 11:59 AM IST
He alleged that evidence from the crash spot appeared to be tampered with and therefore needed an open investigation
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Local people living near the Kozhikode international airport were the first to begin rescuing passengers after an Air India Express flight crashed on August 7.(ANI)
Local people living near the Kozhikode international airport were the first to begin rescuing passengers after an Air India Express flight crashed on August 7.(ANI)

10 locals involved in Kozhikode air crash rescue test positive for Covid-19

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Thiruvananthapuram
PUBLISHED ON AUG 18, 2020 08:56 PM IST
Around 80 of the locals who took part in the rescue operations in the Kozhikode air crash, were already under quarantine after some of the injured passengers tested positive for Covid-19.
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An Air India Express flight with 191 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing.(HT Photo)
An Air India Express flight with 191 passengers on board en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing.(HT Photo)

Kerala plane crash: Cabin crew granted special leave to recover from tragedy

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 16, 2020 05:56 AM IST
An airline source said that the crew members have been given the special leave so that they can rest and recover from the tragedy.
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Family members and Air India staff pay their last respect to Captain Deepak Sathe who was killed in the Kozhikode air crash, in Mumbai on August 9.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)
Family members and Air India staff pay their last respect to Captain Deepak Sathe who was killed in the Kozhikode air crash, in Mumbai on August 9.(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT File Photo)

Air India crew members who survived Kozhikode air crash given special leave to recover from tragedy

By Neha LM Tripathi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 15, 2020 03:58 PM IST
While the two pilots lost their lives in the Kozhikode air crash, all four cabin crew were rescued. Total 18 people had lost their lives in the tragedy.
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Air India staff at the funeral of Captain Deepak Sathe who died in the Air India Express flight crash in Kozhikode.(PTI)
Air India staff at the funeral of Captain Deepak Sathe who died in the Air India Express flight crash in Kozhikode.(PTI)

Air India pilots’ unions write to Hardeep Puri again for meeting over pay cuts

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 13, 2020 06:04 PM IST
The letter flagged the pilots’ pay cuts and said that flight safety and the working conditions of the pilots of Air India group companies cannot be seen in isolation.
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The Boeing 737 jet on a flight from Dubai, overshot and fell 50 metres off the end of the runway at the Calicut airport in treacherous conditions last Friday, killing 18, making it one of the deadliest commercial aviation disasters in the country in nearly 10 years.(HT Photo)
The Boeing 737 jet on a flight from Dubai, overshot and fell 50 metres off the end of the runway at the Calicut airport in treacherous conditions last Friday, killing 18, making it one of the deadliest commercial aviation disasters in the country in nearly 10 years.(HT Photo)

DGCA bans use of wide-body aircraft at Kozhikode airport for monsoon season

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 12, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Wide-body aircraft like the Boeing 747 and Airbus A350 have a bigger fuel tank and can therefore travel longer distances in comparison with narrow-body planes like the Boeing 737 and Airbus A320.
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The pilots’ unions said DGCA Arun Kumar comments on the Kozhikode plane crash reveal a “total lack of technical knowledge”.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)
The pilots’ unions said DGCA Arun Kumar comments on the Kozhikode plane crash reveal a “total lack of technical knowledge”.(Representative image/HT PHOTO)

DGCA chief has no technical knowledge, 2 pilots’ unions tell Hardeep Puri to remove him

By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Sabir Hussain | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 11, 2020 10:14 PM IST
The two pilots’ unions took umbrage at DGCA Arun Kumar’s language in television interviews following the crash of an Air India Express flight in Kozhikode last week.
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Captain Vasant Sathe’s funeral was conducted with state honours in Mumbai(Sourced)
Captain Vasant Sathe’s funeral was conducted with state honours in Mumbai(Sourced)

Air India Express pilot Vasant Sathe cremated with state honours

By Neha LM Tripathi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 10:18 PM IST
Pilot Vasant Sathe’s family members were present at his Mumbai residence before his cremation.
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Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala.(AFP)
Officials inspect the wreckage of an Air India Express jet at Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala.(AFP)

Kozhikode plane crash: Air India Express says 74 injured passengers discharged from hospitals

By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 11, 2020 04:48 PM IST
Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri had said on Saturday that 149 people have been admitted to hospitals, 23 have been discharged, while three are critically injured in the B737 plane crash.
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An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)
An Air India Express pilot alleged the pay cuts were unfair, “Unlike Air India, Air India Express has been posting profits for the past four consecutive years.(HT Photo)

After Kozhikode crash, focus on pilots’ health

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2020 02:51 AM IST
Senior airline officials said Air India Express had announced heavy pay cuts for its flying crew on August 5. An office circular dated August 5 cited adverse effects on airlines due to the pandemic and announced pay cuts for Air India Express’s flying crew (pilots and cabin crew).
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Sushma Sathe during the funeral ceremony of her husband Captain Deepak Sathe at Air India Cargo, Andheri in Mumbai on August 09, 2020(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)
Sushma Sathe during the funeral ceremony of her husband Captain Deepak Sathe at Air India Cargo, Andheri in Mumbai on August 09, 2020(Satyabrata Tripathy/HT Photo)

Kozhikode Air India pilots laid to rest, tributes pour in

By Anvit Srivastava, Hemendra Chaturvedi, Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai/ Agra
PUBLISHED ON AUG 10, 2020 04:58 AM IST
First Officer Akhilesh Kumar, 32, was co-piloting flight IX-1344 from Dubai to Calicut with 190 people onboard when it overshot the runway at Karipur airport while landing and fell into a 35 feet deep valley. Captain Deepak Vasant Sathe, 58, was the pilot in command of the Boeing737 aircraft that broke into two after crashing, claiming the lives of both the pilots and 16 passengers.
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A security official inspects the site where a passenger plane crashed when it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala on August 8, 2020.(Reuters Photo)
A security official inspects the site where a passenger plane crashed when it overshot the runway at the Calicut International Airport in Karipur, Kerala on August 8, 2020.(Reuters Photo)

After Kerala plane crash, experts stress need for pre-monsoon training

By Neha LM Tripathi | Hindustan Times, Mumbai, Mumbai
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Mohan Ranganathan, aviation safety expert specialising on wet runways, said airlines complete the mandatory annual training for pilots only on paper.
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Mangled remains of an Air India Express flight, en route from Dubai, after it skidded off the runway while landing on Friday night, at Karippur in Kozhikode on August 08, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Mangled remains of an Air India Express flight, en route from Dubai, after it skidded off the runway while landing on Friday night, at Karippur in Kozhikode on August 08, 2020.(PTI Photo)

‘All we know is touchdown was late’: DGCA chief on Kerala plane crash

By Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2020 06:07 AM IST
Directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) chief Arun Kumar said that the actual investigation is on.
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Capt. Deepak Sathe’s human remains arrived in Mumbai today(HT Photo)
Capt. Deepak Sathe’s human remains arrived in Mumbai today(HT Photo)

Air India Express pilot Captain Deepak Sathe’s mortal remains reach Mumbai

By Neha LM Tripathi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 04:58 PM IST
Captain Sathe was an ace pilot who had flown the Mig fighter jets when in Indian Air Force
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Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri inspects the crash site of an Air India Express flight, en route from Dubai, after it skidded off the runway while landing, at Karippur in Kozhikode.(@HardeepSPuri/Twitter)
Union civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri inspects the crash site of an Air India Express flight, en route from Dubai, after it skidded off the runway while landing, at Karippur in Kozhikode.(@HardeepSPuri/Twitter)

‘Spirit of solidarity’: Hardeep Puri lauds locals who rescued Kozhikode crash victims

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 02:00 PM IST
Eighteen people, including the two pilots of the Air India Express aircraft, died and more than 100 were injured in the accident on Friday evening.
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The Air India Express flight with 190 on board overshot and fell 50 metres off the end of the runway at the Kozhikode airport in treacherous conditions on Friday, breaking into two — making it one of the deadliest commercial aviation disasters in the country in nearly 10 years.(PTI Photo)
The Air India Express flight with 190 on board overshot and fell 50 metres off the end of the runway at the Kozhikode airport in treacherous conditions on Friday, breaking into two — making it one of the deadliest commercial aviation disasters in the country in nearly 10 years.(PTI Photo)

Kozhikode crash puts spotlight on tabletop runway risks

By Anisha Dutta | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON AUG 09, 2020 06:29 AM IST
Concerns were raised following the 2010 Air India Express crash in Mangalore that killed 158 people on board. That year, a court of enquiry report by a former Indian Air Force chief Air Marshal BN Gokhale noted that tabletop runways require extra skill and caution.
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An Air India Express flight en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kozhikode International Airport, in Kozhikode, Kerala on Friday.(HT Photo)
An Air India Express flight en route from Dubai skidded off the runway while landing at Kozhikode International Airport, in Kozhikode, Kerala on Friday.(HT Photo)

Part of perimeter wall demolished, cockpit cut open to pull out pilots: Rescuers

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 09:41 AM IST
The aircraft was being operated by Air India Express, from Dubai to Kozhikode as a repatriation flight under the government’s Vande Bharat Mission to bring back Indians stranded abroad amidst the pandemic
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Air India Express AIX1344 was a repatriation flight under the Vande Bharat programme for Indians who were stranded outside the country amid travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.(PTI Photo)
Air India Express AIX1344 was a repatriation flight under the Vande Bharat programme for Indians who were stranded outside the country amid travel restrictions brought on by the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.(PTI Photo)

Investigators find black box of crashed Air India Express jet, probe begins

By Anisha Dutta and Ramesh Babu | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Thiruvananthapuram
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 02:28 AM IST
Civil aviation minister Hardeep Singh Puri visited the site of the accident on Saturday to assess the situation on the ground.
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The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was the first responder to the crash site at Karipur airport.(ANI Photo)
The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) was the first responder to the crash site at Karipur airport.(ANI Photo)

30 CISF personnel quarantined after crash victim found Covid-19 positive

By Anvit Srivastava | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2020 06:17 AM IST
Senior officers from the CISF said on Saturday it was discovered that one of the passengers who had died in the crashes turned out to be infected with coronavirus.
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