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Air India flight makes forced landing after captain gets locked out of cockpit

Source : AGENCIES
Last Updated: Tue, May 14, 2013 20:30 hrs
Air India's newly acquired Airbus A321 is on display at the tarmac of Mumbai airport

Mumbai: An Air India New Delhi-Bangalore flight had to make an unscheduled landing at Bhopal after the flight commander was locked out of the cockpit, an airline spokesperson said here on Tuesday.

The bizarre incident occurred on Monday when the flight commander of AI-403 went to the toilet briefly and returned to find the cockpit door locked.

Despite all efforts from outside and inside by the co-pilot and a trainee pilot, the jammed door failed to open, leaving the flight commander outside.



The co-pilot took permission from ground control and diverted the flight to Bhopal where the aircraft landed safety at 5.55 p.m.

A ground team of maintenance engineers rectified the problem and the flight left Bhopal on its onward journey to Bangalore, reaching there at 10.30 p.m.

"All precautions and procedures regarding safety were observed during the entire process. The incident posed no danger to the aircraft passengers and the crew," an Air India spokesperson said.

The flight AI-403 carrying 135 passengers was forced to land at the airport here last evening as pilot noticed a snag in one of the doors and sought permission of Bhopal ATC to land at the airport, they said.

The snag was rectified soon and the flight left for Bangalore in the night.

Air India's station Manager, Firoz Khan said that it was a technical landing and not an emergency one.

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