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Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby throttlejockey » Tue Nov 30, 2010 3:40 pm

Traveller 30th Nov 2010


A co-pilot sent an international passenger jet into a terrifying nosedive when he adjusted his seat and accidentally pushed the control column forward, an official report revealed yesterday.

The clumsy officer then panicked and was unable to let the captain, who had gone on a toilet break, back into the cockpit as the plane plunged 7000 feet (2000 metres).

The captain only saved the Boeing 737 aircraft after using an emergency code to get through the cockpit door and take the controls back from the co-pilot, the report by India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

The 25-year-old Indian co-pilot told the inquiry he had "got in a panic situation couldn't control the aircraft, neither open the cockpit door and answer the cabin call."

When the captain, 39, got back into the cockpit, he shouted "What are you doing?" as cabin crew ordered the 113 terrified passengers to fasten their seatbelts.

The report said there was "complete commotion" in the cabin and that passengers were "very much scared and were shouting loudly" as the plane dived steeply and boxes and liquor bottles fell into the aisle.

The Air India Express flight was flying at 37,000 feet from Dubai to Pune airport, in western India, on May 26 when the near-disaster occurred. No one was injured.

According to the report, the nosedive was "due to the copilot adjusting his seat forward and inadvertently pressing the control column forward."

The plane fell 2000 feet before the captain got back into the cockpit -- and another 5000 feet as he struggled with the panicking co-pilot.

"There was application of opposite force by pilot and copilot on control column," the report said.

It added that the copilot "probably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency."

"Appropriate action shall be taken against the involved crew," it concluded.

After the incident, the captain tried to calm passengers by telling them that the aircraft had hit an air pocket.
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby torx » Tue Nov 30, 2010 8:02 pm

So, the next time there is an announcement about hitting an air pocket and you almost died after the shock, you know what lah! Hahaha!

Funny how the FO can hit the control column like that. I have sat in both seats and the adjustment is pretty much straight forward that I do not recall that I had to touch the control column.
I am also curious that after the displacement, the aircraft should recover as lateral, longitudinal and directional stabilty are part of the design... It may be more than it meets the eyes.. :^^:
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby drebarbas » Tue Nov 30, 2010 9:58 pm

Very unlikely to happen on the FBW Airbus ........ ::D:

I wonder why there is no cabin crew in the cockpit when one of the pilots leaves the cockpit ........ I guess it is only happen in India ... ::D:


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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby torx » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:38 am

bro drebarbas,
that may be the only reason.. :><.:
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby m732 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 7:01 am

throttlejockey wrote:Traveller 30th Nov 2010


A co-pilot sent an international passenger jet into a terrifying nosedive when he adjusted his seat and accidentally pushed the control column forward, an official report revealed yesterday.

The clumsy officer then panicked and was unable to let the captain, who had gone on a toilet break, back into the cockpit as the plane plunged 7000 feet (2000 metres).

The captain only saved the Boeing 737 aircraft after using an emergency code to get through the cockpit door and take the controls back from the co-pilot, the report by India's Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said.

The 25-year-old Indian co-pilot told the inquiry he had "got in a panic situation couldn't control the aircraft, neither open the cockpit door and answer the cabin call."

When the captain, 39, got back into the cockpit, he shouted "What are you doing?" as cabin crew ordered the 113 terrified passengers to fasten their seatbelts.

The report said there was "complete commotion" in the cabin and that passengers were "very much scared and were shouting loudly" as the plane dived steeply and boxes and liquor bottles fell into the aisle.

The Air India Express flight was flying at 37,000 feet from Dubai to Pune airport, in western India, on May 26 when the near-disaster occurred. No one was injured.

According to the report, the nosedive was "due to the copilot adjusting his seat forward and inadvertently pressing the control column forward."

The plane fell 2000 feet before the captain got back into the cockpit -- and another 5000 feet as he struggled with the panicking co-pilot.

"There was application of opposite force by pilot and copilot on control column," the report said.

It added that the copilot "probably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency."

"Appropriate action shall be taken against the involved crew," it concluded.

After the incident, the captain tried to calm passengers by telling them that the aircraft had hit an air pocket.


As far as the 737 is concerned, pitch attitude greater than 10degrees nose down is considered as an unusual attitude and ways to recover from it are thought during simulator training.

This is what happen when some carriers opt for express conversion programmes where simulator sessions are cut short.
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby torx » Wed Dec 01, 2010 10:18 am

m732,
Latent error as far as Human Factors are concerned.. but heck, the company need to cut costs.. :<.<:

"This is what happen when some carriers opt for express conversion programmes where simulator sessions are cut short."
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby Maverick » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:09 pm

Plunged 7000ft while adjusting the seat?!?! that's clearly a lie..
This is more serious that it seems as he could have crashed into other planes at other Flight Levels below him..
I definitely wouldn't want a "PILOT" like that in the same airspace as I am at any time man...
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby 6_sigma » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:26 pm

Other possibilities (layman thinking) :
- co-pilot not qualified
- co-pilot not well trained
- management error when admitting the co-pilot
- some other "happenings" in cockpit being censored (some one kicked the control column?) :)
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Re: Panicky pilot caused passenger jet plunge..

Postby m732 » Wed Dec 01, 2010 12:53 pm

The co-pilot of an Air India Express 737 sent the jetliner into a terrifying 7,000-foot plunge in May when he accidentally hit the control column while adjusting his seat, investigators report.

According to the report from India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, the co-pilot panicked and was unable to execute the proper procedures as the jetliner dropped from 37,000 feet at a 26-degree angle. The plane and its 113 passengers were saved when the pilot, who’d gone on a bathroom break, used an emergency code to get into the locked cockpit, jumped back into his seat and grabbed the controls to bring the plummeting plane out of its dive.

The aircraft would have broken apart if the descent had continued, the aviation agency report said. The aircraft was not damaged and no one was injured, the report said.

After the pilot, 39, regained control of the plane, he told passengers, who were in the middle of a meal when the jet plunged, that the plane had “went through an air pocket and that is why there was a rapid descent,” according to the report.

The aviation agency report concluded that the 25-year-old co-pilot had not been trained in the specific scenario the jet encountered and “probably had no clue to tackle this kind of emergency.

Neither the pilot nor co-pilot were named in the report.

The Air India Express flight was en route from Dubai to Pune, India, on May 25 when the incident occurred.


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