IAF orders inquiry into Sukhoi jet glitch

ST CORRESPONDENT
Saturday, 19 January 2019

The jet was stuck on the runway due to a technical problem

PUNE: The Indian Air Force (IAF) has ordered a court of inquiry into the incident involving a Sukhoi fighter jet which had developed a 'technical glitch' on Friday morning at Lohegaon Air Force Station. It had affected the civilian flight operations for over one hour.

A senior IAF officer said, “A thorough inquiry will be done to pinpoint the exact glitch in the system of the aircraft.”

On Friday morning, thousands of passengers were stuck at Pune airport and hundreds of them mid-air for almost two hours after the fighter aircraft was stuck in the middle of the runway. The Jet Airways flight coming to Pune from Chennai was diverted to Mumbai with the help of reserve fuel in the aircraft.

The passengers stuck inside the terminal building flooded social media and microblogging sites requesting the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and Ministry of Defence to interfere in the matter. According to airport sources, the runway was closed from 11.20 am to 12.40 pm.

After hovering over Pune for almost an hour, flight AI 813 from Chandigarh landed at Pune with very little fuel left.

This situation had lead to more than six delays in the arrival as well as departure, while one aircraft had to be diverted to Mumbai.

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