Air India pilot makes steep 10,000 ft descent, under scanner

Apparently, the descent was done to cool off the brakes but at 35,000 feet the temperature is extremely low and the warning would have been wrong.

Published: 23rd September 2018 07:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2018 11:50 PM   |  A+A-

FILE PHOTO: An Air India Airlines Boeing 787 dreamliner takes part in a flying display during the 50th Paris Air Show at the Le Bourget airport near Paris, June 14, 2013. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol/File Photo


NEW DELHI: An Air India pilot has come under the lens of the airline's flight safety department for allegedly making a steep 10,000 feet descent while flying from Kuwait to Goa earlier this month, sources said.

The incident happened on September 15 when an A320 plane was flying to Goa.

An industry source said that the pilot descended from 35,000 feet after a "brake hot" warning to 25,000 feet.

Apparently, the descent was done to cool off the brakes but at 35,000 feet the temperature is extremely low and the warning would have been wrong, the source added.

After sometime, the plane climbed to 35,000 feet.

An airline source said the flight safety department has called the pilot on October 1 to seek more details about the incident.

The pilot himself had reported the matter to the airline, the source added.

An Air India spokesperson declined to comment on the incident citing pending investigation.

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