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Kolkata: A Jet Airways shuttle bus today rammed into a stationary Air India flight at the city airport here. However, no casualty or injury was reported, an official said.

The incident happened at bay number 32 of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport when the driver lost control of the bus and rammed into the parked aircraft, damaging one of its engines.

The driver of the bus was questioned and the authorities of both Air India and the Jet Airways rushed to the spot, said Kolkata Airport director A. K. Sharma.

“A probe has been ordered to be conducted by regional safety manager, Directorate General of Civil Aviation,” Sharma said.

There were no reports of any injury or casualty, added Sharma.(IANS)

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Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight diverted to Ahmedabad on Security Concerns

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Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight diverted to Ahmedabad
Mumbai-Delhi Jet Airways flight diverted to Ahmedabad on security concerns.IANS

Mumbai/Ahmedabad, October 30: A Jet Airways Mumbai-New Delhi flight was diverted to Ahmedabad shortly after some “security issues” were detected onboard early on Monday, a statement said.

The flight with 122 passengers, including seven crew, landed safely in a remote bay at the Ahmedabad airport, all passengers were disembarked and screened.

An airline official said the security issues pertained to a potential hijack and bomb threat.

The pilot alerted Ahmedabad airport authorities about the threat, the official said.

The Boeing 737-900 flight 9W-339 had departed from Mumbai around 2.55 a.m. and after diversion landed in Ahmedabad around 3.45 a.m.

The Jet Airways statement said the flight was diverted following “declaration of an emergency as per established security procedures, due to the detection of an onboard security threat”.

“We are extending full cooperation to the security agencies who are investigating the matter and are not in a position to comment further at this stage,” it said.

The police and other security agencies are making further enquiries in the matter in Ahmedabad while the airline made efforts to bring back the passengers to New Delhi as soon as possible.(IANS)

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Air India deliberates creating no-fly list post unruly behaviour of MP

Shiv Sena MP assaulted a 60 yr old airline staff with slippers onboard a flight

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New Delhi, Mar 23, 2017: A Shiv Sena MP apparently assaulted an Air India airline staff- 60 years old, with slipper, at the IGI airport in New Delhi today. Following the incident, Air India is deliberating creating a no-fly list for unruly passengers.

A senior official said, “Air India is considering preparation of a no-fly list of unruly passengers on the lines of other carriers.”

Ravindra Gaikwad, Shiv Sena MP, who was flying from Pune to Delhi on an Air India flight, hit Sukumar, the airline’s duty manager with his slipper several times, when Sukumar asked him to unboard the plane after the minister denied doing so once the plane landed at the Delhi airport.

PTI reported the airlines sources saying, “ The lawmaker turned violent, tore the duty manager’s shirt, broke his spectacles and hit him several times with his slippers.”

Possessing a business class ticket, Gaikwad insisted on taking the airline’s early morning flight from Pune to Delhi, Flight AI-852; which happens to be an all-economy class flight. This stiked an argument between the MP and the airline staff in Pune, leading to the assault in Delhi, on landing.

In recent times, there have been many incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers, across various airlines.

AirAsia, in the previous month, had filed a police complaint against two drunk passengers for creating a nuisance onboard.

In January, on one of its flight from Dubai to New Delhi, IndiGo had to tie down a passenger to his seat for being violent onboard.

According to official data, 53 incidents of unruly behaviour by the passengers have been reported by domestic airlines between July 2016 and Feb 2017.

According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), unruly passengers make the list of the top three safety concerns of the cabin crew.

As per the IATA, in 2015, there were 10,854 reported cases of unruly behaviour by the passengers across airlines worldwide, which translate into one incident for every 1,205 flights.

-Prepared by Nikita Saraf, Twitter: @niki_saraf

 

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Air India’s Apology for Erroneous Article on Jagannath temple, says Non-Vegetarian Dishes served at the Temple in Puri

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine, published the wrong information in an article titled 'Devotion Can Be Delicious'

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Bhubaneshwar, October 29, 2016: Air India on Saturday apologised for publishing an article that said that non-vegetarian dishes were served at the Jagannath temple in Puri.

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“AI apologises for the error. Our intention was not to hurt sentiments. #ShubhYatra magazine copies have been removed with immediate effect,” tweeted Air India.

Shubh Yatra, the in-flight monthly magazine of Air India, published the wrong information in an article titled ‘Devotion Can Be Delicious’.

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Different organisations and people in Odisha criticised Air India for publishing the article.

“This is an unfortunate incident. We will take it up strongly with the appropriate authorities,” said Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.

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Members of Jagannath Sena staged a demonstration in front of Sri Mandir protesting against the report. (IANS)