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AI pilot locked out of cockpit as the door gets jammed

AI pilot locked out of cockpit as the door gets jammed

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.

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 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 safely at 5:55 pm.

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 pm. "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.

first published:May 15, 2013, 10:21 IST