May 10, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - Hundreds of Air India pilots did not report to work Thursday, the fourth day of a sickout to protest their treatment by management, a dispute that so far has resulted in the cancellation of numerous international flights and cost about 45 pilots their jobs. Officials said the Mumbai-based airline was forced to cancel more than 35 international flights this week, including several bound for New York and Frankfurt, because of the protest. India's aviation minister called the sickout illegal, the airline said it had fired some pilots, and a high court called for negotiations.
May 23, 2010 |
Searchers combed a steep, wooded hillside in southern India on Saturday for the remains of 158 passengers and crew of an Air India Express flight and clues to the cause of the country's worst aviation accident in a decade. With the voice recorder not yet recovered, it was unclear why Flight IX-812, carrying mostly migrant workers returning from the Persian Gulf, overshot the runway in Mangalore and plunged down the hillside early Saturday. Officials said the weather was good at the time, and there were no indications of mechanical problems or a communications mix-up with air traffic control.
May 21, 2010 |
An Air India flight from Dubai crashed Saturday morning in the city of Mangalore after apparently overshooting the runway, killing at least 160 people. Televised images showed rescuers carrying limp bodies up a wooded slope and wreckage still burning hours after the crash, with bodies and the nearby ground covered with white foam emergency workers used to fight the blaze. There were reportedly 166 passengers and crew on the Boeing 737-800 jet, which was believed to be 2 or 3 years old, a relatively new addition to the company's fleet.
October 7, 2009 |
The sight of airline cabin crews trying to mollify enraged passengers has become all too common. But a recent Air India flight added a twist when crew members mid-flight started punching each other in front of startled passengers. Accounts of what happened differ now that everyone's back on the ground. Exactly who started the brawl and why got a bit lost in the clouds, though one flight attendant has accused a crew member of trying to molest her. What no one disputes is that with New Delhi-bound Flight IC-844 cruising at 30,000 feet over Pakistan around 4 a.m. Saturday, the cockpit and cabin crews broke into fisticuffs.
February 22, 2007 |
India's two state-run carriers will merge to create a larger airline capable of competing in an aviation market that is becoming more open to private and foreign players, the aviation minister said. Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel said a ministerial panel had approved the merger between Air India and Indian Airlines. Air India operates on international routes, and Indian Airlines mostly focuses on travel within India and to some neighboring countries.
September 20, 2006 |
Canadian police destroyed a package found on an Air India flight bound for England. The airliner turned back to Toronto after a passenger discovered the package Monday night in a washroom. Police said the bomb squad was unsure what the object was, but destroyed it as a precaution. About 150 passengers spent the night at Toronto's Pearson airport, an airport spokesman said.