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Air safety incidents at Goa and Delhi airport; 2 pilots suspended

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was a day of miraculous escape for air passengers as two major accidents were averted on Tuesday. The first incident pertained to a Goa-Mumbai Jet flight which skidded off at the Goa airport on early morning resulting in 12 people getting injured. The flying licence of the two pilots was suspended and a probe by Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB) of the Civil Aviation Ministry was launched soon after the incident. Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju said a thorough time-bound investigation and corrective action shall be ensured.The second incident happened at national capital’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came dangerously close to each other on the runway, allegedly because of bad weather and due to ‘miscommunication’ with the Air Traffic Control (ATC). Both incidents raised questions on India’s air safety record which is obviously a cause of worry as the country is one of the fastest growing aviation market.A three-member team of AAIB rushed to Goa for inspection of the spot of accident, sources in the Ministry said. “Prima facie the runway accident appears to be the pilot’s fault. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has withdrawn the flying privileges of the two pilots, including the Commander, pending the initial outcome of the probe,” a source at DGCA said. Officials in AAIB were of the same opinion. They said that in all ‘probability’ the accident took place because of the pilot’s fault, adding that the preliminary findings on the accident are likely to be submitted in a week’s time.The Jet Airways flight 9W 2374 with 161 people onboard veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take-off. The incident took place at 5 am when the Boeing 737 aircraft turned a full 360 degrees and its nose touched the soft land while taxiing for take off early on Tuesday in Goa airport. The Jet Airways flight had arrived from Dubai and was heading to Mumbai. There was panic among the passengers and a few passengers suffered injuries even during the evacuation process. Some passengers had to be rushed to the local hospital and five of the 12 injured passengers were hospitalised till late evening.Sources in Indian Navy, which manages the Dabolim airport, said its prompt response in rescuing passengers prevented a ‘catastrophe’. The airport, which is located in the Navy facility INS Hansa in Vasco town, was closed down for a while, impacting movements of other flights and causing some flight diversions.The incident at Delhi’s IGI airport took place in the afternoon when an IndiGo flight had just arrived from Lucknow with 160 passengers and the Spicejet flight with 187 on board was about to take off for Hyderabad . The two aircraft came face-to-face and almost collided with each other, sources said. Officials from ATC, on condition of anonymity, blamed poor visibility for the situation. They said haze was particularly intense on Tuesday. 72 flights were delayed that day because of fog. However, officials from Delhi International Airport Limited — which manages the Delhi airport — rejected ATC’s charge and said the problem occurred because of miscommunication from ATC. IndiGo as well as SpiceJet confirmed that both planes saw each other coming from opposite directions but both airlines denied that there was any risk to the passengers.

Mishap averted at Delhi airport as Indigo, SpiceJet aircraft come face-to-face

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A major accident was on Tuesday morning averted at the Delhi airport after an IndiGo and a SpiceJet aircraft came face-to-face on the runway at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport.The incident occurred when the Indigo flight was moving towards taxiway after landing and SpiceJet was ready for a takeoff.Meanwhile, the incident has been reported to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), which has assured of a probe.Earlier in the day, a Jet Airways flight with 161 people on board veered off the runway at Dabolim airport in Goa while aligning for take off, with 15 passengers suffering “minor” injuries during evacuation.(Developing story)

DNA Morning Must Reads: Mumbai-bound Jet Airways veers off runway; ED to investigate Mayawati’s kin; and more

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>1. Jet Airways Goa-Mumbai flight with 161 on-board veers off runway, passengers safeJet Airways flight from Goa to Mumbai skids off the runway, Airport operations closed til 12.30 PM. Read more.2. Sonia Gandhi’s attempts to revive Oppn unity coming a cropperCongress’ allies in Bihar—Left and the JD(U) decide to stay away from Tuesday’s meeting. Read more.3. Political parties relying on dubious sources of funding: reportThe report, commissioned during the UPA regime in 2011, explains how political parties receive funds. Read more.4. Rs 104 cr deposited in BSP accounts after note recall, blow to Mayawati as ED investigatesBig blow to Mayawati as ED officials investigate the bank account of her brother as well. Read more.5. IND vs AUS: Nearly two months to go but Smith starts battle with Virat KohliOz captain says India skipper is emotional and will use it against him when they tour subcontinent in February. Read more.

Passenger dies onboard Jet Airways Delhi-Doha flight

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A passenger travelling in a Jet Airways flight from here to Doha passed away onboard despite the plane being diverted to Karachi following the medical emergency.Even as the flight was diverted and medical assistance duly coordinated prior to arrival at Karachi airport, “the guest succumbed on arrival in Karachi,” according to Jet Airways.The incident happened on flight 9W 202 that departed from the national capital late night on Monday.After the passenger developed a “medical condition”, the captain decided to land the flight at Karachi, the nearest airport given the emergency, Jet Airways said in a statement. Details about the passenger could not be immediately ascertained. According to the airline, the aircraft is returning to the national capital and the staff are making full arrangements to hand over the body to the authorities as per standard operating procedures. The carrier has also expressed its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. As many as 141 passengers were on board the Boeing 737 aircraft.”The airline is planning re-accommodation on alternate flights for the rest of guests who missed their connections due to this unfortunate development,” the statement said.

Narendra Modi to visit Vadodara to inaugurate international terminal at Harni airport

Ahmedabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Vadodara on Saturday to inaugurate the international terminal at Harni airport.

He will also attend a programme to distribute artificial limbs and other implements to more than 8000 ‘Divyangs’ (disabled persons) in the city.

It will be Modi’s first visit to Vadodara after becoming PM in May 2014. In last Lok Sabha elections, Modi got elected from both Vadodara and Varanasi seats, but he retained latter.

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. ReutersFile photo of PM Narendra Modi. Reuters

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. Reuters

“After arriving in Vadodara tomorrow afternoon, the PM will first inaugurate the newly-built international terminal at the city airport and then he will attend Divyang camp at Navlakhi ground,” said an official of Gujarat Information Department.

The state-of-the-art terminal, built at the cost of Rs 160 crore, is spread over 18,120 sq mt and can handle 700 passengers (domestic plus international) per hour. It will have 18 check-in counters. The airport is located in Harni area on the outskirts of Vadodara.

After the function, Modi will head to Navlakhi ground, where artificial limbs, tri-cycles and other assistive devices will be distributed to over 8000 ‘Divyangs’.

The event has been jointly organised by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Kanpur-based Artificial Limb Manufacturing Corporation of India (ALIMCO), and Vadodara district administration, stated a government release.

This will be Modi’s fourth visit in last three months to his home state, where Assembly elections are due next year.

On his 66th birthday on 17 September, Modi had inaugurated various irrigation and drinking water projects in the tribal district of Dahod. He had attended a Divyang camp at Navsari in south Gujarat.

In August, he had visited Gujarat twice — once to condole death of Pramukh Swami Maharaj at Botad district and then to inaugurate the ambitious Sauni Irrigation Scheme in Jamnagar district. Harni is only the second “green building” airport in country.

Airport Authority of India (AAI) chairman Guruprasad Mohapatra told PTI in Vadodara on Saturday that new terminal will enhance the combined passenger handling capacity of airport by almost four-fold.

It took more than seven years for completing the new international terminal building project, foundation stone for which was laid in February 2009 by then Civil Aviation Minister.

“At present, flights to Mumbai, Delhi, Goa and Bengaluru are operated at this airport by Air India, Jet Airways, Jet Connect, Indigo and Etihad Airways,” Airport Director Sono Marandi said, adding that international flights can be launched after receiving requisite proposals from carriers.

“We cannot fly directly to far away countries like UK, US, Canada etc. owing to runway constraints. However, (operating) flights to closer foreign destinations like Singapore, Dubai, Bangkok etc. is possible,” he said.

Marandi said that length of the existing runway is only 8100 feet and it has not been extended despite the construction of new international terminal, due to unavailability of land.

“It is not large enough to facilitate landing of big aircraft like Boeing 744 which are used for long-distance international flights. Currently, the airport can handle medium-range flier aircraft like Airbus-320 and Boeing-737 etc,” he added.

Project in-charge Narendra Kumar Shukla said that handling of passengers will become much easier now and that boarding will become smoother for flyers.

“The new terminal is designed in such a flexible way that its use for domestic and international operations can be varied as per needs,” he added.

Brace for long delays, operations at Mumbai airport to be hit from Tuesday

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Passengers flying in and out of the nation’s financial capital should brace for long delays from Tuesday till the end of November as the only runway of the nation’s second busiest airport will be shut for five hours for repair work.Last time the airport, operated by the GVK Group, was shut for similar repair work in November 2010. Months after the spanking new terminal-T2 over Rs 12,000-crore was opened in February.Operations will be partly hit between October 18 and 31 for four hours between 1200 hrs and 1600 hrs for seven days on alternate days, as the main runway (Runway No 09-27) will be closed for surface repair. But the secondary runway (14-32) will be open during these hours, a MIAL (Mumbai International Airport Ltd) official told PTI.But operations will be completely shut for five hours from 1200 hrs to 1700 hrs in the second phase beginning October 31 through November 28 as both the main and the secondary runways will be closed, the official said, adding this is needed as the repair work involves inter-section work.In total between October 31 and November 28, both the runways will be closed for five hours on Mondays and Thursdays, while in the first phase the main runway will be closed for four hours on seven days, the official said.In total, the impact will be for nine days in November in the second phase of closure.Notably, the second busiest airport in the country, Mumbai International Airport has only one runway (as one-third of the airport land is occupied by slum squatters), yet it manages around 50 flights during peak hours, making it one of the most efficient airports in the world in terms of aircraft handling.On an average, the city airport handles over 800 flights a day. Against this the Delhi airport, with three runways handles around 78 flights during peak hours.”The runways–09-27 main and 14-32–will remain closed between 1200 hrs and 1700 hrs on Mondays and Thursdays till November 28, to conduct ‘preventive runway surface work’, a technology to fill in gaps on the runway,” MIAL had said in an earlier statement last month wherein it advised airlines to reschedule their operations.To avert delays and inconvenience to passengers, most of the airlines have started alternative plan of action.Low-cost carrier Indigo has said it would waive cancellation and rescheduling charges for flights affected by the closure.Jet Airways said in a statement today, “in light of the forthcoming closure of the Mumbai Airport runway from October 18 to end-November, we have revised our flight schedules for some of its flights arriving into/departing from Mumbai.””We are taking proactive steps to keep guests updated of revised timings and re-accommodation on alternate flights wherever necessary. Guests are also advised to check the revised schedules and updates on our website,” it said.Similarly, the largest carrier Indigo too said since the airport will not be available for operations between October 31 and November 28 on Mondays and Thursdays between 1200 and 1700 hrs, it is rescheduling flights to and fro Mumbai and passengers are requested to check the new timings with the airline.Vistara is also coming up with a plan to adjust its operations according to the runway changes.Incidentally, Air India, which has the largest number of operations from the airport, is yet to announce its alternate arrangements.

Close shave for Jet Airways’ passengers on board London-Mumbai flight; probe ordered

<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As many as 246 people on board a Jet Airways flight from London’s Heathrow airport to Mumbai had a miraculous escape when the Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft failed to reach the required climb after the take-off, prompting the government to order a probe into the incident.According to sources, the pilot’s failure to use the ‘full runway’ for take-off allegedly led to a ‘dangerous’ situation and resulted in the incident which occurred on August 30. The commander of the aircraft has been taken off duty, they said.Jet Airways, however, sought to downplay the ‘serious’ incident saying, “We are investigating the event that has been brought to our attention as part of our active safety management system.”There were 231 passengers and 15 crew members, including two pilots, on board the aircraft when the incident occurred.”The incident did not have in any damage to the aircraft or property, nor injuries to crew members or guests on board,” Jet Airways said in statement to PTI.Taking note of the ‘serious’ incident, the Civil Aviation Ministry has ordered a detailed probe into it.The two-member committee, constituted to look into the incident and headed by Jitendra Singh, has started its probe.The other member of the committee is Rajan Bhatnagar and both of them are assistant directors in the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau (AAIB).”Jet Airways aircraft VT-JEK was involved in a serious incident at Heathrow airport, London on August 30, 2016,” the ministry said in a notification ordering the AAIB probe.

Jet Airways flight returns to Bengaluru after smoke in cabin; all passengers safe

A Mangaluru-bound Jet Airways flight with 65 passengers and four crew members on board on Wednesday returned to the airport here shortly after departure as smoke was deducted in the cabin.A full emergency was declared at the airport for priority landing of the flight 9W 2839 following which the runway was closed for operations at 10.20 AM and the aircraft landed safely, the Bangalore International Airport Ltd (BIAL) said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Taking to micro-blogging site, Jet Airways said, “The precautionary evacuation of the passengers and crew was carried out immediately on landing. All 64 passengers and four crew members are safe.”In a statement, Jet Airways said said, “Five guests were taken to the airport medical room for first aid. Other guests have been shifted to the airport lounge and are being cared for.””All checked-in and cabin baggage has been handed over to the guests, who will be accommodated on the next Jet Airways flight to Mangalore.”The Airline also said that the ATR aircraft has been shifted to the parking bay for further inspection by Jet Airways engineering team and DGCA has been informed about the incident.The staff inside the runway and the fire tenders were kept on stand by to avoid any untoward incidence.Runways resumed operations at 10.51 AM, the BIAL said.

Kanhaiya Kumar’s ‘attacker’ greets Amit Shah

Manas Deka, accused by the JNU students leader Kanhaiya Kumar of trying to “strangle” him on board an aircraft in April, today led a delegation of Assamese youths which greeted BJP president Amit Shah at a function here.The brief encounter took place before Shah was to address a convention of ‘Pramod Mahajan Skill and Entrepreneurship Mission’, a state government initiative on the lines of the Centre’s ‘Skill India’, at an auditorium.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, the delegation did not attend the function and left immediately. Deka later posted the selfies with Shah on his social media account. On April 24, Kumar had alleged that Deka, working with a city-based software firm, tried to strangle him on board Pune-bound Jet Airways flight. Mumbai Police had registered a non cognisable offence on Kumar’s complaint. However, the allegations were reportedly described by the police as “untrue”. Kumar had described Deka as a “strong BJP supporter” in his tweet after the incident.

India plane wreckage becomes tourist attraction

A plane that crashed last week on the outskirts of the Indian capital, Delhi, is attracting a steady stream of sightseers.

112 pilots tested positive for alcohol prior to their flights between January 2013 and April 2016

As many as 112 pilots of various airlines tested positive for alcohol prior to the commencement of their flights from January 2013 till April 28, Lok Sabha was informed on Thursday.As per the data available with DGCA, 112 pilots tested positive for alcohol during the pre-flight medical examination from January 2013 till April 28, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma said in a written reply in Lok Sabha. Of these, a maximum number of 33 pilots were from full service carrier Jet Airways, while 25 belonged to budget airline IndiGo, he said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Nineteen pilots of national carrier Air India were found positive in the breath analyzer test during this period, he added.A total of 30 pilots tested positive for alcohol during the pre-flight medical test in 2013. The number came down to 26 in 2014, he said. In 2015, 43 pilots tested positive for alcohol. Till April this year, the number stood at 13, he said.Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules prohibits crew members from taking alcoholic drinks 12 hours prior to the commencement of a flight. As per rules, the flying licence of a crew member found drunk on duty would be suspended for three months. The licence should be suspended for two years for a second offence and five years if the person is caught a third time.”Action other than suspension is taken for the violation of Rule 24 of the Aircraft Rules 1937,” the minister said.”However, no case of violation of Rule 24 in respect of pilot has come to the notice of DGCA during the last three years and current year,” he said.

Drunk passengers are a nuisance, ban alcohol in airports, say airlines

Airports might become the new dry spots in the country with airlines complaining to the aviation regulator about the nuisance caused by drunk passengers. Although no alcohol is served on domestic flights in India, liquor can be consumed in the security hold area post the check-in and security check process. Airlines have now raised objections about passengers boarding the flight in a tipsy state, causing delays, misbehaving with the crew and overall inconvenience.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>According to a Hindustan Times report, the Federation of Indian Airlines (FIA), representing popular airlines IndiGo, Jet Airways, SpiceJet and GoAir has sought the intervention of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).Requesting an urgent review of this practice, the FIA pointed out that the Indian aircraft rules, 1937, prohibit an intoxicated person from entering any aircraft. However, time constraints often prevented such passengers from being screened, leading to unsavoury incidents. However, some have questioned the FIA’s suggestion saying that it would be difficult to prohibit alcohol as the new integrated terminals in Delhi and Mumbai serve both domestic and international flights.An FIA official confirmed that they will take up the matter once more as the DGCA has not taken any action yet, the report said.

Modi has converted India into a ‘lab of communalism’, Kanhaiya Kumar says in Pune

Describing the RSS as force behind the Narendra Modi Government, JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged the present dispensation had converted the country into a “laboratory of communalism and anti-Dalit” policies.”Modi is the Prime Minister and the RSS is his strength. They have converted the country into a laboratory of communalism and anti-Dalit policies. Why do you fear when we talk about our ideology seeking social equality and fight to end casteism?” he asked, addressing a packed gathering of students assembled under the banner of Progressive Students’ Association.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Kumar, who arrived here under heavy police security in the backdrop of the alleged physical assault on him aboard a Jet Airways flight to Pune, also asserted he was not going to be intimidated by such attacks.”Police are telling lies saying that what happened in the morning was a quarrel over seats. Quarrel over seats take place in Mumbai local trains and not on planes. I do not want to press charges against the attackers because they also belong to us and have been incited. But I will not be intimidated,” he said, referring to the incident that forced him to travel by road to Pune.Referring to “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” slogan controversy and Yoga guru Ramdeo’s comments, he said “We will certainly say ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’, but who has given you monopoly over this?”The 29-year-old JNU student alleged that the nature of “Bharat Mata” was being altered.”Earlier, Bharat Mata held farm grains in one hand and tiranga on another. Now tricolour is being replaced by bhagwa (saffron). These people will change the national flag. They have nothing to do with nationalism. What they want to promote is one religion and one culture”.He said nationalism was being equated with “Brahminism” which signalled danger to the country. Kumar sought to dispel the notion that students in the country were being instigated against the Prime Minister.”We have no personal animosity against Modi. We are only demanding our rights. Give us employment. When we talk of democratic and constitutional rights of people, we are branded anti-national.”

Kanhaiya Kumar is not anti-national: Uddhav Thackeray

BJP ally Shiv Sena on Sunday took on the Centre for branding JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar as “anti-national” and slapping a sedition case on him.”It is wrong to brand Kanhaiya as anti-national and slapping sedition case against him. He is not anti-national. Who gave birth to Kanhaiya, Hardik Patel and Rohith Vemula? The government should ponder over it,” Sena president Uddhav Thackeray said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said India has a large population of youth and instead of guiding them, the central government is “misleading” them.When Hardik Patel, the Patel quota stir spearhead, became popular, he was charged with sedition, and now Kumar is fighting against the government, Uddhav said, addressing a meeting of Sena office-bearers and asked, “Who gave birth to these youths?”The Sena leader’s remarks came on a day Kanhaiya, president of the JNU Students Union, alleged that a co-passenger tried to “strangle” him inside an aircraft before a flight from Mumbai to Pune.”Yet again, this time inside the aircraft, a man tries to strangulate me,” Kanhaiya tweeted after the alleged incident which took place when he was inside a Jet Airways aircraft at the airport.Kanhaiya was subsequently offloaded from the plane by the airline staff on safety ground, forcing him to take road route to Pune to attend an event there.The BJP-Shiv Sena government has ordered a probe into the matter and the alleged assailant identified as Manas Jyoti Deka (33), an employee of TCS in Pune, was detained and a non-cognisable offence registered against him.Kanhaiya has been attacked several times since being booked under sedition charges in connection with an event at JNU where some anti-national slogans were alleged to have been raised. He is currently out on bail.

Kanhaiya deplaned: How did alleged strangulation turn into blue murder?

This piece is a response to an article by Bikram Vohra titled ‘Jet did the right thing by deplaning Kanhaiya and assailant: Here’s why

First, read it.


Sunday morning TV channels and various publications, including Firstpost, reported that the JNU student union president Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man on a Jet Airways flight tried to strangle him. Everyone who carried the piece were very careful to use the word ‘alleged’. It was imperative because the strangulation, which was alleged, was not confirmed in those words. Jet Airways released this one line statement after the news broke: “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.”

This was the only confirmed statement media houses received, after Kanhaiya alleged the ‘strangulation’. The Jet Airways statement did not mention names, it did not mention strangle or strangulation. What we know for sure is that two people were deplaned because they posed a threat to the flight’s operational safety. Except for these facts, everything else is hearsay. Even what Kanhaiya Kumar claims.

But clearly we do not know enough. Because here’s this piece that will tell you that Kanhaiya Kumar was ‘strangled’ because he made “enemies”. Because that’s the treatment you get when “you go around having vituperative outbursts on the mike and being petty in that the comments on the IPL and linking it to the drought were pointless since the courts have already issued marching orders.” Who cares about facts? This is how it is. If it is a person we do not agree with, strangulated or not, he should be deplaned. Because the Montreal Convention tells us so. Ok, I might get accused of getting personal here.

Let me rephrase.

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar. News 18

It takes a strong feeling of complete displeasure to overlook an alleged situation and make it a real one and then blame the alleged victim for the problem. It is probable that Kanhaiya might have blown the thing out of proportion, but we still do not know that. The only information, believable information, is that two people were deplaned. But off late there’s this overwhelming need for people to take a side and prove that the side they are on is right. Pun unintended.

Kanhaiya Kumar catapulted to popularity after a video surfaced in which he was shown shouting anti-national slogans — it later turned out to be a doctored video. Rest is history.

He was in prison for 21 days. He was beaten up by goons dressed as lawyers in the Patiala House court premises in New Delhi. There were sedition charges. His supporters were arrested after a dramatic chase (and all of this is very un-alleged). But the JNUSU president emerged fearless and even more determined to take on a government he was not happy with. What is the harm in that? Let’s say this boy does actually want to join Indian politics. So what? Aren’t we taught our entire lives to speak our mind? Yet, when there’s an example of a PhD scholar from a so-called ‘left-leaning’ college standing up and fighting for what he and his fellow mates believe in, there are skirmishes. There is mud-slinging. There is politics of sorts. And that’s when Kanhaiya, from a student who speaks his mind, becomes a Kanhaiya, someone who speaks the language of a Congress or a Left Front. Wait for a while, soon Kanhaiya will be blamed for being pro-BJP!

According to the author, Kanhaiya should “stop whining” because he has “become mean, cheap and tacky and your speeches are now demagoguery at its worst best. And when all you do is underscore problems and offer not a scintilla of solution then you have great nuisance value but that is it.” And precisely for this reason he has created the situation he is in.

So, today if I have a problem with a political leader with heavy clout and crazy mass following in the country, it’s totally justifiable for someone to “strangle” me and then deplane me because of a Convention. And if I try to talk about it, I will be told that I deserved it. There’s a word for such extreme reactions and it starts with I.

The author of the aforementioned article is not at fault here, the problem is with the thinking. The attitude that every voice that says a different thing has to be muffled into something which soothes your senses and suits your sensibility. Otherwise, you belong in Pakistan. You cannot be an Indian.

I agree on one point with this author. “No pilot in this day and age is going to tolerate an on-board physical scuffle.” True. But it becomes a big deal because the person involved is Kanhaiya Kumar and guess what, we did not make him a celebrity, the haters did. They hated him so much that he is everywhere now and they don’t know what to do with the sheer magnitude. So when this author says:

“…Do not flatter yourself.
You were not singled out, dude, cool it…”

I am sure Kanhaiya is feeling super cool right now. Seeing journalists slugging it out for or against him. But he too would be a fool to do that. It is not about him. It is what he represents.

Jet did the right thing by deplaning Kanhaiya and assailant: Here’s why

One of the senior editors wrote to me a while back to say that old Kanhaiya Kumar of JNU was dead in the water and not getting any traction. Since he is my pet peeve (KK not the editor), I was disappointed that the story was dying and the public was switching off.

Now that Kanhaiya has found the fountain of wealth (youth he already has), he is jetting around the country. He is on the lecture circuit largely to badmouth Modi (which can get a bit boring) and sneer at the government (which can get even more boring when all you do is attack with a rare viciousness) but is not getting the attention he believes he deserves. In such a case there is nothing like a little bit of controversy to whip up some excitement.

Since I was not on the aircraft where he alleges he was nearly strangled but have been writing on aviation safety for thirty three years and have lectured round the world and spent time at Boeing and Airbus, let me tell you this KK.

Maybe you were assaulted by this Manas Deka guy. But when you go around having vituperative outbursts on the mike and being petty in that the comments on the IPL and linking it to the drought were pointless since the courts have already issued marching orders, you will make enemies. You have become mean and cheap and tacky and your speeches are now demagoguery at best. And when all you do is underscore problems and not offer a scintilla of solution then you have great nuisance value but that is it.

A file photo of Kanhaiya KumarA file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar

A file photo of Kanhaiya Kumar

So stop whining. Sir, hostility goes with the territory when you set the pace.

Also, Jet Airways is not at fault. You must have also raised your voice, shouted in alarm, yelled for help (assuming, of course, that your version is true) as you were being strangled and wrestled to get out of the death hold. Now, you cannot expect the captain and crew to play judge and jury. There are 150 odd passengers on the plane and safety is a perquisite, safety of the plane and the manifest. The captain must decide for the greater good.

The captain did not throw out Manas Deka and Kanhaiya Kumar. He did not say, oh that JNU troublemaker, chance to fix him.

He saw two people fighting and he said, okay, get off my plane, call the cops, let them figure it out.

So do not flatter yourself.

No pilot in this day and age is going to tolerate an on-board physical scuffle.The sabotage Convention or the Montreal Convention is a multi-lateral agreement calling for severe action against those who disturb flight. Clause one states: Committing an act of violence against a person on board an aircraft in flight if it is likely to endanger the safety of the aircraft. This is a criminal offense.

If you were being murdered old son make a complaint to that effect. Strangling is pretty serious stuff. Have the fellow arrested. He is a criminal.

Accuse Deka of trying to kill you. Show the medical report indicating the lesions on you neck. Take legal recourse. You have the right. This is your life.

But no one sees you doing that. File the FIR. Instead you are attacking the airline, for doing the right thing.

Which means you are using the incident to create a little bit of instant martyrdom and attract some attention.

Maybe the senior editor of Firstpost is right. You are just yesterday’s people.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleges that ‘BJP supporter’ tried to strangle him on flight

Jawaharlal Nehru University Students’ Union (JNUSU) president Kanhaiya Kumar on Sunday alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft.

He further alleged that the Jet Airways staff refused to take action against the man who assaulted him. Reports said that both, Kumar and the man who allegedly assaulted him, were deplaned after the clash.

The student leader, who was on way to Pune this morning to address an event in Mumbai, claimed his assailant was a BJP supporter called Manas Deka, who works with the TCS.

According to a report in Hindustan Times, Jet Airways issued a statement but did not respond to Kanhaiya’s charges against them. “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Jet Airways fight 9W 618 Mumbai to Pune have been off loaded at Mumbai airport in the interest of operational safety.” Police carried out an initial probe and revealed that it was not a case of assault but the two pushed each other over a petty argument.

Kanhaiya’s allegation comes just a day after he had lashed out at the Narendra Modi dispensation, terming it a “government of selfies and jumlas” as he pushed for enactment of a law to prevent caste-based prejudice in educational institutions.

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

Kanhaiya Kumar alleged that a man tried to strangulate him inside a Jet Airways aircraft. PTI

The JNUSU President, who hit headlines after being arrested on charges of sedition in the aftermath of an event at the JNU campus where alleged anti-India slogans were raised, had gone hammer and tongs against the NDA-led Centre and its pet projects.

“The Modi government is coining only jumlas (idiomatic expressions) such as Make in India, which should actually be Fake in India; Stand Up India, Start Up India, Selfie with Daughter etc. It has become a government of selfies and ‘jumlas’.

“The reality is these are only tall promises by which the government is fooling the public as nothing positive was coming off the ground,” he had said.

The 29-year-old was speaking on the topic ‘Student-Youth Assembly Against Discrimination’ at an event in suburban Tilak Nagar.

Kumar had said that at a time when entire Marathwada region in Maharashtra was reeling under drought, “RSS-led government” was busy holding IPL matches in the state.

“I heard a wax statue of Modiji has been carved out. I also heard a 12-year old girl in Marathwada died as she ventured out to fetch water in scorching heat. Let that wax statue of Modiji be put in Marathwada,” he had said.

Kumar, who had earlier ruled out campaigning in the West Bengal and Kerala Assembly polls, has now decided to support a fellow JNU comrade who is in the fray for the 16 May elections in Kerala, according to PTI.

Ever since he walked out of Tihar jail, Kumar had been maintaining he was a student and not a “politician” and that he had no plans of campaigning in the Assembly polls.

However, he said that he decided to join the campaign after Muhammed Muhassin, CPI candidate for Pattambi seat in Palakkad, mooted the idea. “He has stood by me, so I decided to hit the campaign trail,” Kanhaiya said.

With inputs from PTI

Man tries to strangulate Kanhaiya Kumar on Jet airways flight, detained

In a shocking incident, a man allegedly tried to strangulate JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar on board a Jet airways flight. The man was later detained, PTI reported.Kanhaiya Kumar in a series of tweets narrated the incident. He alleged that a man tried to strangulate him. The student leader also complained that Jet Airways didn’t take any step against the man after the incident. He said, <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Later, revealing the attacker’s name, Kanhaiya alleged that the person is a strong supporter of BJP and works for IT giant TCS. Jet airways on its part issued a statement saying, “Some guests on board this morning’s flight Mumbai to Pune were off loaded at Mumbai airport in interest of operational safety. At Jet Airways, the safety and security of our guests and crew is always of prime importance”.Kanhaiya Kumar shot to national fame after he was arrested on sedition charges after a pro-Afzal program was held in JNU where he was allegedly present. Kanhaiya was attacked inside the Patiala court house premises. He has also been attacked inside JNU. Plans have been uncovered of people trying to kill him. Kanhaiya’s car was stoned when he came to Nagpur last week to attend a program on BR Ambedkar. This incident is only the latest in the series of attacks against the new anti-Modi posterboy.

Indians stranded in Brussels return home, narrate their ordeal

For 37-year-old Pankaj Arora, a textile businessman from Delhi Rohini area, travelling abroad could have been another mundane affair had it not been for the deadly terror attack which hit the Belgian capital of Brussels this week.Returning from his business trip from New York, Arora was among more than 70 Indian passengers who were in transit at the Brussels airport when he heard a loud explosion.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There was an announcement soon after the explosion asking everyone to evacuate the airport. Moments later we could see scores of police officers on the runway heading towards either the passengers or the site of explosion,” said Arora, who returned to his residence on Friday morning after being stranded in Brussels for two days.Soon after the explosion, Arora and many other passengers were directed to airplane hanger where they stayed for another 12 hours. This batch of passengers was then taken to a Red Cross camp where they spent a few more hours, and when the camp was full of people taking refuge, an exhibition ground was used to settle in the people.”We as Indian have raw courage and I could see the same at the airport. People of other nationalities were extremely scared but we Indians have the experience of dealing with terrorism since 1979 and I saw many Indians calming other passengers,” said Arora.An aircraft, carrying 242 passengers including 28 crew members, arrived here from Amsterdam. The flight landed at the Indira Gandhi International Airport here at 5:30 am, a Jet Airways spokesperson said. The flight had 214 passengers and 28 crew members.Around 70 passengers landed at Delhi while the others flew to Mumbai through another connecting flight at IGI Airport. Those who landed in Delhi were welcomed by the family and friends, looking relieved and happy at their arrival.Arora was among the Indian 242 passengers who arrived in the national capital from Amsterdam. Even though the passengers reached safely to their homes, most of their luggage continues to be at the Brussels airport.”I hope people who have left their belongings receive them back but important is that all of us reached safely,” Arora added.While the 37-year-old seemed to have gathered courage following the attack which claimed lived of 31 people and injured 300 others, there were some who were shaken up. Mini Chawana, who works in the United States, spoke to reporters earlier in the day, but fell sick due to exhaustion.”I had a connecting flight from New York. I had to wait at the Brussels airport for a long time as there was a lot of chaos there and my family back home was really worried. I am relieved to be finally back,” she said. Her uncle Bharat Bhushan while speaking dna said that the family was extremely concerned after they heard news of the bombings. “We knew she had a connecting flight but we were not sure if she was there. She also did not have a phone to contact us from but after hours of waiting she called to confirm that she was safe,” said Bhushan”I hope no family undergoes such trauma in the future,” he added.

Post Brussles attack, Jet Airways to fly three recovery flights today from Amsterdam

The Jet Airways is set to fly three recovery flights on Thursday from Amsterdam for Delhi, Mumbai and Toronto to transfer all its guests and crew, who were stranded in Europe after deadly twin explosions struck Brussels airport on Tuesday.Jet Airways has already relocated its guests and crew from Brussels to Amsterdam by road on Wednesday as the Brussels airport continues to be closed for operations. The check-in process for the Amsterdam to Mumbai flight is currently underway.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj had earlier tweeted that the two crew members of Jet Airways injured at the Brussels airport were recovering well.To provide convenient connections for guests to and from destinations across Europe and North America via Amsterdam, Jet Airways has also entered into a code share partnership with KLM Royal DutchAirlines and Delta Air Lines, which will give access to 30 destinations across Europe and 11 destinations in the United States and Canada.Meanwhile, massive investigations are underway following the deadly twin explosions which killed over 31 people and left around 270 wounded.

Brussels attacks: Jet Airways flight attendant Nidhi Chaphekar placed in coma

Brussels: A Jet Airways manager says a flight attendant injured in the Belgium attacks is undergoing treatment for burns and has been placed in a medically induced coma.

Nidhi Chaphekar, after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via APNidhi Chaphekar, after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP

Nidhi Chaphekar, after being wounded in Brussels Airport in Brussels, Belgium. Ketevan Kardava/ Georgian Public Broadcaster via AP

Bernard Guisset, a Jet Airways manager in Brussels, said Nidhi Chaphekar has burns over 15 percent of her body and has a fractured foot, but is out of danger.

The image of Chaphekar taken right after the blast was one of the most searing photographs taken Tuesday. It showed the 40-year-old mother of two from Mumbai, her bright yellow uniform ripped across her chest. Her hair was caked with soot, and blood streaked down her face.

Meanwhile, Amit Motwani, a Jet Airways flight purser who was also injured in the airport blast, was being treated for injuries to his eye and ear.


Srinagar-Delhi IndiGo aircraft taken into isolation, 10 flights grounded after bomb threat

A Srinagar-New Delhi IndiGo flight was taken to the isolation bay at New Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport after landing, following a bomb threat, on Wednesday, reported DNA. The warning was received at the IndiGo call centre in Chennai.

Representational image. ReutersRepresentational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

According to an NDTV report, the airline received an alert threat call regarding 10 IndiGo flights. One of these was the 6E 853, en route to New Delhi via Jammu. The other nine flights were also grounded at the New Delhi airport on Wednesday.

The airport DCP said four such calls have been received in the last four days. “All passengers were evacuated and a thorough check is going on,” deputy commissioner of police Dinesh Kumar Gupta told IANS.

According to CNN-IBN, the flights will be grounded for at least five-six hours, and that the grounding of the flights would cost the airline Rs 35-40 lakh.

This comes just one day after Jet Airways had received bomb threats regarding five flights from New Delhi.

One of these, a New Delhi to Chennai flight, scheduled for take-off at 4.05 pm, was left stranded at IGI Airport, the DNA report added.

On Tuesday, Jet Airways had released a statement following the bomb threat. It said that all flights were on the ground and were being checked by security agencies at the respective airports.

India issues travel advisory for its nationals in Brussels

India on Tuesday issued a travel advisory asking Indian nationals living in Brussels or visiting it to exercise caution and remain alert in view of terror attacks in the Belgian city killing around 35 people and wounding over 200.The advisory specifically asked Indians in Belgium to avoid visiting crowded places, especially the city centres, and refrain from unnecessary travels and using public transport. It said Belgium has issued the highest security alert following the terror attacks in Zaventem Airport and Maelbeek Metro Station in Brussels and appealed to Indian nationals to remain alert and exercise caution.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Issued by the Indian Embassy in Brussels, it also asked Indian nationals to share personal whereabouts with close family members and friends at all times and keep in touch with the Mission for necessary advice. The Embassy also appealed to all Indians in Belgium to “stay home and be safe”.”All members of the Indian community, including Indian travelers to Belgium, are requested to exercise caution and alertness while leading their normal lives and carrying out their ordinary work outdoors in this country,” it said. It said the Embassy can be contacted on phone numbers + 32 2 640 91 40, + 32 2 645 1850 and + 32 476 748 575 (Mobile).Two Jet Airways crew members were injured in the explosions which led the airline to cancel all its flights to and from the Belgian capital till tomorrow. The Embassy in a tweet said Jet passengers stranded in Brussels are being shifted from the airport and that food and accomodation are being provided.

146 tortoises seized at Mumbai airport from a Nepali national

The Custom officials on Sunday seized 146 tortoises from a mishandled baggage of a Nepal citizen at the Mumbai airport.The incident happened when the Jet Airways staff brought one left behind baggage to officers of Air Intelligence Unit (AIU), saying that some suspicious images (shell like) had been noticed by GVK Security.This bag was said to belong to a transit passenger, who arrived from Madagascar and flew to Kathmandu leaving this bag behind. Officers of Air Intelligence Unit examined the bag and recovered and seized 146 tortoises.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Out of the 146 tortoises, 139 were Radiated tortoises (Astrochelys radiata) and seven were Angonoka tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora), both critically endangered tortoise species of Madagascar. Two radiated tortoises were found dead with broken shell.Since these were exotic species and cannot be introduced into India and because of quarantine reasons, as informed by wild life authorities, the airlines have been instructed to re-export the same to Madagascar under intimation to wildlife authorities there.

Heart ‘flies’ from Indore to Mumbai in 116 minutes to save Odisha youth

Mumbai: Precise and meticulous planning by various private and government agencies enabled a donated heart “fly” from Indore to Mumbai within just 116 minutes to save the life of a 22-year-old cardiac patient from Odisha at a Mumbai hospital on Saturday, officials said.

An ambulance awaited the heart and passed through a special Green Corridor route laid from the airport to the hospital in Mulund - covering the total 546 kms in just 116 minutes

An ambulance awaited the heart and passed through a special Green Corridor route laid from the airport to the hospital in Mulund – covering the total 546 kms in just 116 minutes

The heart was harvested from a 20-year-old Indore boy who was brain-dead after he suffered severe trauma (head injuries) in a road accident and transplanted in the youth from Odisha who was awaiting a donor heart at Fortis Hospital, Mulund, in northeast Mumbai.

The live heart was retrieved by Anvay Mulay, head of cardiac transplant team of the hospital from the brain-dead donor at Choitaram Hospital in Indore this afternoon.

The heart commenced its journey from the Choitaram Hospital at 12.20 pm to reach Indore Airport at 12.43 pm, moved to a waiting Jet Airways flight which departed after 12 minutes, and landed in Mumbai at 1.53 pm.

An ambulance awaited the heart and passed through a special Green Corridor route laid from the airport to the hospital in Mulund – covering the total 546 kms in just 116 minutes (one hour 56 minutes) flat, a hospital spokesperson said.

It was moved straight to the Fortis Hospital operation theatre where Mulay and his team completed the transplant successfully later on Saturday evening.

This was the 12th successful heart transplant at the hospital since the first one in August 2015, and the patient is stable and will be under observation in the ICU for the next 2-3 days, he said.

“These success stories stand as a strong testimony that patients with end stage heart failure now have hope. I appreciate the courage the donor’s kin have showed today, they helped save another young life,” Mulay said.

He also thanked the ZTCC Mumbai’s Sujata Patwardhan, Indore District Commissioner Sanjay Dubey, medical teams at Indore’s Choitaram Hospital and MCM Hospital, Muskaan Trust Mumbai and Jet Airways and other staffers for their help and collaboration which gave a successful new lease of life to a young patient.


Jat stir: Civil Aviation Ministry asks airlines to operate additional flights to Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jaipur

With public transport system in Haryana severely hit by the Jat stir for quota, the Civil Aviation Ministry has asked airlines to operate additional flights from New Delhi to Chandigarh, Amritsar and Jaipur to enable stranded people reach their destinations.As part of this, all major domestic operators including Air India, Jet Airways and IndiGo will fly additional services from and to Delhi, an official release said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Air India also said that it is offering special nominal fares for its additional flights.”Air India has again spread its wings to fly out passengers stranded due to the sensitive situation along all surface transport routes in the adjoining areas arising out of the Jat agitation,” the airlines said in a release.”AI is operating an additional flight from Delhi at 1730 hours today on the Delhi-Chandigarh-Amritsar-Delhi sector to fly stranded people,” it said.Air India is charging a nominal all-inclusive one-way fare of Rs 3,339 for Delhi-Chandigarh journey while it will charge Rs 3,960 for a Delhi-Amritsar trip, the airline said.Jet Airways will operate additional flight on the Delhi-Amritsar-Delhi route.Budget carrier, SpiceJet will fly three additional return services today from Delhi for Jaipur, Amritsar and Chandigarh, the release said.Budget airline IndiGo will operate two additional services tomorrow to Chandigarh and Jaipur from the national capital and back, it said.Amid reports that some airlines were overcharging and that some travel portals were exhibiting fares as high as Rs 89,000 for an indirect flight to Delhi from Chandigarh, Jet Airways today said it was not charging “high” air fares for flights.”Most Jet Airways direct flights to/from Amritsar, Chandigarh, Jammu, Srinagar, Leh and Dehradun have been sold out. Some fares seen on third party online travel portals are constructed by those websites by combining the last available seats on indirect routes with multi-stop flights constructed over any mid-point transfer city to create a roundabout itinerary. In many cases Premiere (business class) cabin fares are shown,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said.”The higher fares that are referred on third party travel portals are the combination of fares over multi-stop flights.These fares are not available on Jet Airways website,” he said.”Such fares will be influenced by the availability of seats on these two different flights and hence will be generally higher than the direct non-stop flights. It is important to note that the journey times on these itineraries referred to are significantly higher than the direct flight,” the spokesperson said.”We are working with third party travel portals to not show such roundabout itineraries with last available Premiere cabin seats,” it said.

VIDEO: Bollywood singer performs mid-flight

An Indian airline has suspended five crew members who let a Bollywood star sing over its public address system.

Row over mid-flight Bollywood ‘concert’

An Indian airline suspends five crew members who let Bollywood star Sonu Nigam sing over its public address system – sparking a row on social media.

Jet Airways staffer held for smuggling Rs 2.63 crore foreign currency

The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) on Thursday held a crew member associated with Jet Airways at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA) here for allegedly smuggling foreign currencies worth over $3,90,000 (Rs 2.63 crore). The accused, who was about to board a Hong Kong flight when he was detained, is suspected to be part of a larger smuggling racket.According to DRI officials, the accused Agar Rislie was intercepted based on specific intelligence. “He was carrying with him $3,90,000 in his check-in baggage. The currency was concealed in five leather diary covers. He was intercepted at the Customs counter after immigration at 12.45 am on Thursday, as he did not mention about foreign currency in his declaration,” said an official. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A Jet Airways statement said that it is cooperating with the relevant authorities in their investigation. “Jet Airways has a zero tolerance policy towards actions of employees that contravene local or international laws. This is clearly stipulated in employee contracts and reinforced in training sessions. We take all necessary disciplinary action in accordance with company policy and procedures,” it said.According to Air Intelligence Unit (AIU) at Mumbai, Thursday’s is not an isolated case of involvement of an airline/airport insider in smuggling. In the past over a year and a half, investigation has led to around two dozens cases in which the assistance of airline/airport insiders have been confirmed. DRI and AIU officials claim that it becomes easier for airline/airport staffers to indulge in the syndicate as they have easier access to areas inside airport and are unlikely to be doubted. The authorities had several times in the past written to airlines to keep an eye on their staffers.Some of the prominent cases include the one which happened in September last year, wherein a Jet airways crew member was held for allegedly smuggling gold bars worth over Rs 28 lakh. In second case, based on profiling, AIU had in March last year intercepted a Jet Airways flight attendant, for allegedly conniving in smuggling of gold and cut-diamonds to the tune of over Rs 1 crore.In yet another case, a chief security coordinator with Gulf-based airline Etihad, who ranked third in the organisation’s hierarchy in India, was held by AIU for allegedly involved in smuggling of Rs 33 lakh worth gold in July last year. The accused, during the interrogation reportedly told that he had indulged in similar activities at least four times in the past.

Bomb hoax in Delhi-Kathmandu flights: Police register case, begin hunt for caller

Delhi Police has registered a case pertaining to hoax calls following which two Kathmandu-bound flights were on Wednesday grounded at IGI Airport here minutes before departure. “The FIR was registered late last night,” DCP (IGIA) DK Gupta said on Thursday.Police received four calls — two at the DCP’s office and two at IGIA police station — claiming bombs had been placed in cabin baggage on the said flights. “All the four calls were made through Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) and from preliminary investigation it has emerged that the caller was the same in each case,” said Gupta. “A team has been formed to track down the caller and further investigation is underway,” he added.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Air India and Jet Airways flights that were grounded were scheduled to take off for the Nepalese capital at 1:15 pm and 1:30 pm, respectively. “The calls were received at 1:05 PM and 1:10 PM yesterday. The two aircraft were taken to the isolation bay, where personnel from the Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) carried out an extensive search of the baggage and check-in luggage of the passengers,” said Gupta.

Now, flights to restrain unruly passengers on board with handcuffs

Owing to instances of unruly behaviour of passengers in flights, Indian carriers can now carry restrainers (plastic handcuffs) to bind such travellers to their seats till the plane makes a safe landing, reports a leading English daily.The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has permitted airlines to carry restrainers with them, a Jet Airways official has said. “The DGCA’s nod came in end-2015. We will have restrainers on board shortly and use them in the interest of flight safety as and when required,” the official said. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An IndiGo statement said that as per the DGCA guidelines, crew members must try to placate the situation and must only use the restrainer when verbal communication and written notice fail to resolve the matter. “Restraining devices should be used when all conciliatory approaches have been exhausted,” the statement said.The airlines will use the restrainers to bind the passenger to his/her seat if he/she creates issues which threaten the safety of the flight. IndiGo says that it carries nylon ropes as restrainers in all its flights. Spicejet has said that it carries handcuffs on all its airlines. Vistara has said that it takes adequate measures for tackling unruly behaviour. At least 70 passengers were offloaded from a Raipur-bound Indigo flight at Rajiv Gandhi International Airport last Saturday on the grounds of “unruly behaviour”, following which the fliers lodged a complaint with airport police alleging they were harassed by the airline staff. The passengers, who as a group were travelling to Raipur from Hyderabad, were trying to exchange seats among themselves. An altercation erupted between the cabin crew and two-three members of the group over this. “The cabin crew then called the ground staff to assist them. The situation worsened and led to the extent of offloading of passengers,” airport police inspector T Sudhakar said. He said the passengers in a complaint alleged that they were harassed by the airline’s staff and the flight took-off without handing them their check-in baggage.The airline in a statement said the passengers were offloaded “on the grounds of unruly behaviour” and an FIR has been lodged with local police in this regard.With agency inputs

Two flights to Kathmandu grounded before departure following bomb scare

Two flights, one each of Air India and Jet Airways, were grounded on Wednesday just before their departure for Kathamandu from Delhi following a bomb scare.Airport sources said that the two flights were halted after the Jet Airways security office at Indira Gandhi International Airport here received an anonymous call saying there was a “bomb threat” to Air India flight AI-215 and Jet Airways flight 9W 260.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The two flights were scheduled to take off for the Nepalese capital at 0115 hour and 0130 hours, respectively. This is the second such incident of grounding of an aircraft due to a bomb scare as on Saturday the same flight of Jet Airways was delayed by six hours due to the grounding of the plane after a bomb threat call, which turned out to be a hoax.While 121 passengers were booked on the Air India flight, Jet Airways said it had 122 passengers and seven crew on board its flight 9W 260.The two aircraft have been taken to the isolation bay, where security personnel from Bomb Disposal Squad (BDS) are carrying out an extensive search of the baggage and check-in luggage of the passengers, the sources said.”Jet Airways flight 9W 260, scheduled to depart from Delhi for Kathmandu at 1325 hrs, has been delayed due to a security alert. All 122 guests and 7 crew have been taken to the departures waiting area at the airport,” Jet Airways said in a statement.National carrier Air India also said that the flight has been delayed due the same reason.

Bomb scare in Delhi-Kathmandu flights of Jet Airways, Air India

Multiple bomb scares in Delhi-Kathmandu bound flights halted the operation of Jet Airways and Air India flights on Wednesday.Jet Airways flight 9W260 Delhi to Kathmandu has been delayed following a security alert. All 122 guests and seven crew members of this flight have been taken to the waiting area.The Deputy Commissioner of Police of the Airports had received a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) threat call.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Both flights are being checked by bomb disposal squads and the departure of flights have been delayed. Jet Airways flight 9W260 Delhi to Kathmandu has been delayed due to a security alert. The Air India flight was has been deboarded and taken to the terminal building and will depart after receiving clearances about the baggage.Earlier, a Kathmandu-bound Jet Airways flight with 111 people on board was on Monday halted minutes before take-off from the IGI Airport here after a bomb threat and the plane was grounded and being searched thoroughly.The stranded flight later got security clearance and took off for Nepal’s capital at 1930 hours after a six-hour delay.AGoAir flight from Bhubaneshwar for Mumbai was also diverted to Nagpur over a bomb threat call which turned out be a hoax.With agency inputs.

Top 5 stories for the evening: From Padma Awards to Mahatma’s statue defaced in Rajasthan

1.Padma awards 2016 declared: Anupam Kher, Rajinikanth, Vinod Rai, Sania Mirza honoured among others:The winners of the Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri awards for the year 2016 have been announced by the government on Monday. The awards are conferred in three categories – Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Shri.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Actor Anupam Kher, Singer Udit Narayan, sculptor Ram Sutar, Former CAG Vinod Rai and theatre personality Heisnam Kanhailal have also been selected for the Padma Bhushan. Read More 2. PM Modi and Hollande speak at interim Secretariat of International Solar AllianceIndia signed an inter-governmental agreement on Monday to buy 36 French-built Rafale fighter planes, but the leaders of both countries said there was still work to do to finalise financial terms after monthsof talks.But Hollande and Narendra Modi, both said further talks were needed to finalise terms of the government-to-government deal, which the Indian prime minister had announced when he visited France last spring. Read More3. Bomb threat to Kathmandu-bound Jet Airways flight; plane awaits security clearanceA bomb threat call on Monday forced Jet Airways to ground its Kathmandu-bound flight carrying 104 passengers just before it was to take off from the IGI Airport here.Officials said the plane has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGIA and all passengers de-boarded for a through anti-sabotage check. Read More 4. Australian Open: Milos Raonic stuns former champion Stan WawrinkaMilos Raonic fended off a spirited comeback from fourth seed Stan Wawrinka to send the 2014 champion tumbling out of the fourth round of the Australian Open 6-4 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-3 on Monday.The 25-year-old Canadian, who had never beaten the French Open champion in four previous meetings, fired 24 aces and hit 82 winners in the three hour, 44 minute contest to reach the quarter-finals for the second year in a row. Read More5. Mahatma Gandhi’s statue defaced in Rajasthan, ‘ISIS zindabad’ scribbled on itA statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Dudu area of Jaipur in Rajasthan was on Monday found defaced by some unknown miscreants, with a warning of possible ISIS attacks on the Republic Day. Read More

Passengers detained after bomb threat to Kathmandu-bound Jet Airways flight from New Delhi

New Delhi: A bomb threat call on Monday forced Jet Airways to ground its Kathmandu-bound flight carrying 104 passengers just before it was to take off from the IGI Airport in New Delhi.

Bomb threat to Jet Airways flight. ReutersBomb threat to Jet Airways flight. Reuters

Bomb threat to Jet Airways flight. Reuters

Officials said the plane has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGIA and all passengers de-boarded for a through anti-sabotage check.

According to CNN-IBN an anonymous caller said that there’s a gift box on seat 18 of the plane. The caller ended the call by saying happy Republic Day. The Times Now reported that seven passengers were detained.

The call was received at the airport terminal just before the scheduled departure time of the flight 9W260 at 1325
hours, they said.

The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) has been activated, they said, and a final clearance for the flight is

There were 104 passengers and seven crew members on the flight.

Security is at an all-time high in view of the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.


Bomb threat to Kathmandu-bound Jet Airways flight; plane awaits security clearance

A bomb threat call on Monday forced Jet Airways to ground its Kathmandu-bound flight carrying 104 passengers just before it was to take off from the IGI Airport here.Officials said the plane has been taken to the isolation bay at the IGIA and all passengers de-boarded for a through anti-sabotage check.The call was received at the airport terminal just before the scheduled departure time of the flight 9W260 at 1325 hours, they said.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee (BTAC) has been activated, they said, and a final clearance for the flight is awaited.There were 104 passengers and seven crew members on the flight.Security is at an all-time high in view of the Republic Day celebrations on Tuesday.

Mumbai airport radio frequency goes down and comes up mysteriously for a day

Late last month, the primary radio frequency on which the new Air Traffic Control (ATC) tower at Mumbai airport communicate with pilots went down mysteriously and came back alive equally mysteriously after 24 hours. No one knows the exact reasons for the failure even now, though some officials say that the role of amateur hackers cannot be ruled out.While ATC officials immediately shifted to a backup frequency, they were without a primary frequency for an entire day. Had the backup frequencies too have malfunctioned, the situation would have been catastrophic. The airport sees more than 800 flight landings and take-offs every day.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Airport insiders claim that it is difficult for a radio frequency to get compromised. But the incident raises the possibility of amateur hackers crawling their way into ATC radio transmission. Once the transgression was noticed, officials from the Communication, Navigation and Surveillance (CNS) wing, responsible for ATC infrastructure maintenance, first checked at their end. When they found that everything’s fine on their side, they contacted many airlines like Jet Airways, Reliance and Air Works, whose hangars span across a large area. In fact, CNS officials said they asked Air India officials to check if their aircraft communication devices were working properly as the national carrier’s hangar was nearby. But Air India never replied to CNS and when dna asked about the incident, the airline’s spokesperson refused to comment. Officials of Mumbai International Airport Ltd (MIAL) also refused to comment. CNS officials blamed staff shortage for the incident. And if what some officials told dna is to be believed, this was not an isolated incident. “Incidents like these are increasingly becoming the norm,” they said.For example, last month itself, a radar at the Juhu airport developed a snag. While CNS officials were attending to it, there erupted another problem within an hour. This time, a radar at the Mumbai airport started malfunctioning. Consequently, half the staff had to rush back. “This led to the division of already scarce staff, thereby delaying the rectification of both the radars,” said a CNS official.A complaint on the primary frequency malfunctioning has been lodged with the Wireless Planning and Co-ordination (WPC) wing of the ministry of communications. The WPC looks at complaints of harmful interference in the reception of radio emissions and hold investigations. VV Singh, joint wireless advisor at Mumbai WPC, could not be contacted for comments.Though the CNS requires a staff of 260, it has to make do with 140 now.“There are barely 4-5 staffers working during a shift, as a result of which equipment and radars cannot be maintained properly. If some malfunctioning is reported, corrective actions are taken,” said a CNS official.For passengers and crew in 800 flights that fly into and out of the airport every day, that’s cold comfort.

Alert in Gurdaspur after locals report suspicious movement, search operation launched

There were also reports that five terrorists had sneaked into the border area of Gurdaspur and Pathankot, following which army formations have been put on alert, officials said. Gurdaspur was targeted by Pakistani terrorists in July last year also when they struck at a police station here. Six terrorists in army fatigues attacked the Air Base in Pathankot on Saturday last, leading to an encounter that lasted over four days. <!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>


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Jet Airways flight makes emergency landing at Yangon

A Ho Chi Minh City-bound Jet Airways flight via Bangkok carrying 184 passengers on board from the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport here made an emergency landing at Myanmar’s Yangon airport due to a snag in the Boeing 737 aircraft.Jet Airways flight 9W-070 from Mumbai to Bangkok was diverted to Yangon on January 5, 2016 due to technical reasons. The aircraft landed safely at 1410 hours local time in Yangon, the airline said in a statement today.Jet Airways operated a relief flight from Delhi to Yangon to fly the stranded passengers to Bangkok, it said. The incident, which happened yesterday, forced the airline to cancel its flights to Ho Chi Minh City from Bangkok and vice versa.The airline said that as a result of the diversion, its flights from Bangkok to Ho Chi Minh City and from Ho Chi Minh City to Bangkok were cancelled. The airline made alternate travel arrangements for guests travelling between Bangkok and Ho Chi Minh City, it said adding at Jet Airways safety of our guests and crew is of prime importance. We regret any inconvenience caused to guests.<!– /11440465/Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

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