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Air India Newark-Mumbai Flight: Glitch in toilet flush forces plane to divert

The “technical snag” that forced the Air India Newark-Mumbai flight to divert to Istanbul Monday was a glitch in the flushing mechanism of every toilet in the flight while the plane was still more than five hours away from Mumbai. AI-144, with about 300 passengers on board, took off at 4.25 pm US time. It […]

By: Express News Service | Pune | Published: August 4, 2016 4:46 am
air india, air india flight toilets, air india unusable toilets, air india landing, air india delay, air india toilets, air india news, mumbai airport, air india mumbai-newark flight, air india news, india news Shobha Nimbalkar, Air India’s Corporate Communication manager, confirmed that the flight had to be diverted due to unsuable toilets. Representational image

The “technical snag” that forced the Air India Newark-Mumbai flight to divert to Istanbul Monday was a glitch in the flushing mechanism of every toilet in the flight while the plane was still more than five hours away from Mumbai.

AI-144, with about 300 passengers on board, took off at 4.25 pm US time. It was supposed to arrive at Mumbai at 4.40 pm Monday, but eventually landed at 10 pm. While Air India had tweeted earlier in the day, “EWR-BOM diverted to #Istanbul due technical reasons. The #flight departed from #Istanbul at 1005 hrs local time,” they did not explain much about the glitch, which, it turns out, was unusable toilets.

“We were some five or six hours away from Mumbai when the pilot announced that since none of the toilets in the plane were functioning, they had decided to divert the flight to Istanbul and seek repair assistance there,” said Vishal Nanda, an IT manager with L&T Infotech in the US, who was on the way to his home in Pune.

“My seat was just one row away from the toilet. When I woke up after a nap, I saw a queue of about 20 or 25 passengers outside the washroom,” nanda said. “I was told that this was one of the two toilets still functioning.

“But in 10 minutes, the staff locked up those two as well. Apparently, the flush was not working in each of the toilets, including the ones in the business class and first class,” Nanda added.

Shobha Nimbalkar, Air India’s Corporate Communication manager, confirmed that the flight had to be diverted due to unsuable toilets.

“Yes, it happened. In aviation, we call it a technical snag. But in any case, the flight reached Mumbai the same day. Such things don’t happen frequently,” Nimbalkar said. The plane landed at Istanbul where a team boarded the plane and rectified the snag in about half-an-hour.

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    Aug 4, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    Maintenance of air crafts is very poor, excuses are routine, air fares are high, poor quality of service are standard, Indians abuse the aircraft without remorse, basic toilet services are very pathetic, absolutely no accountability on part of the company, no quality improvement or basic quality urance. India can't compete with other airlines at this rate on services, wsome and quality of food, a large ground staff that sit idle. There is largest group of disabled people on wheel chair and boarding starts well in advance to ferry all the real and questionable disabled people to their seats on the plane. Many pengers are well intoxicated with alcoholic beverageslt;br/gt;AIR INDIA- acronym for : After I return I will not do it againlt;br/gt;- Vandematram
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