Two Air India Pilots have been taken off the roster for not retracting the landing gear of after taking off from Kolkata (Capital city of west Bengal, india) last week, airline officials said. The Mumbai-bound Air India aircraft, flown by two women pilots, was carrying 100 passengers on July 22.
The flight was diverted to Nagpur after the fuel level fell dangerously low, officials said, adding the aircraft landed safely. Extended gears inflight increases drag resulting in higher fuel consumption.
The officials said the two pilots have been taken off the roster and a report has been given to the higher authorities. “The pilots were de-rostered after the incident was reported. Investigation is on,” Air India spokesperson Dhananjay Kumar said.