Co-pilot and trainee diverted flight and land safely
An Air India flight was diverted to a nearby airport and forced to land when the pilot returned from a toilet break to find himself locked out of the cockpit. When efforts to gain access to the cockpit failed, the Delhi-Bangalore flight was diverted to Bhopal Airport.
“The door had got jammed and all efforts to open the door, even from inside by the co-pilot, failed,” an Air India statement to the media said. “The co-pilot, after taking permission from ground control, diverted the flight to Bhopal and landed.”
A trainee pilot was also in the cockpit.
Meanwhile, Air India is investigating a separate incident in which the auto-pilot was accidentally switched off on a flight from Bangkok to Delhi on April 12. Media reports said the pilots were giving flying lessons to two flight attendants when the incident occurred, something the airline denies.
[pictured: Air India One; photo by José Luis Celada Euba]