Air India has grounded two pilots who reportedly forgot to extend the landing gear on their Boeing 787 flight, till a very late stage of the final approach, last month.
The flight crew extended the landing gear about 800 feet above ground level, after “Terrain Awareness and Warning System” (TAWS) alerted them.
According to a senior Dreamliner commander, the crew carried out an unstabilised approach into Hong Kong and landed without any incident.
He added “The crew of the flight carried out an unstablised approach, wherein the aircraft was not in landing configuration by 1,000 feet as mandated by law for safety reasons. While it is human to error, what should have be done in such a situation is to carry out a missed approach (go around) and reconfigure the aircraft correctly for a subsequent approach to land. Unfortunately that was not the case over here. Continuing to land in an unstabilised approach configuration situation can be dangerous.”
A senior AI official said: “The flight safety department has grounded both the pilots. Both this department and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) are probing this issue. Appropriate action will be taken based on final probe report.”