Thursday, March 21, 2013

Close shave for 200 passengers as Jet Airways plane windscreen cracks mid-flight

Srinagar, March 21:   Around 200 passengers and crew on board a Srinagar -bound Jet Airways flight had a narrow escape Wednesday when the pilot detected a crack in the cockpit windscreen mid-flight, reports and witnesses said.

 Reports said that windscreen of New Delhi-Srinagar Jet Airways flight 9W-603 developed a crack mid air sometime before it was scheduled to land at Srinagar airport at 2 PM.

 “Air entered plane through cockpit. It was a panicky situation for the passengers had they come to know. But it was not much cause of concern for pilots as plane was about to land,” an official said on the condition of anonymity adding that situation could have worsened if plane would have been at a much more height.

 Manoj Garj who heads the Air Traffic Management (ATS) at the Srinagar International Airport told Greater Kashmir: “Plane landed minutes after the slight windscreen crack. All the passengers were safe.”

 A technical officer at the Srinagar airport who wished anonymity said that some object might have hit the plane. “It can also happen due to the sudden fall or rise in temperature,” they added.

 Khursheed Ahmed, Manager Jet airways at the Srinagar International Airport admitted the incident occurred but said: “It was a slight windscreen crack. Flight landed safely. Safety of passengers is our first priority.”

 Khursheed said that engineers inspected the aircraft for any snag and it has taken flight back to New Delhi.

 SP Srinagar Airport, Abdul Rasheed Bhat termed it as a minor incident and said that all the passengers were safe.

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