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Air India Boeing Dreamliner starts ‘smoking’,DGCA begins probe

Air India's flight,with over 150 passengers was operating between Delhi-Kolkata.

Aviation regulator DGCA has begun a probe into an incident of smoke in a brand new Dreamliner aircraft of Air India when it was flying from here to Kolkata earlier this week,official sources said today.

The preliminary inquest found that overheating of an oven causing the smoke mid-air,the sources said,adding that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation’s (DGCA) Kolkata office was conducting a further probe into the incident.

Terming the incident as “minor”,Air India officials said there was no risk to the passengers or the aircraft at any point of time and their technical team was also conducting an inquiry as per the laid down norms.

Air India’s flight (AI-020),with over 150 passengers,was operating between Delhi to Kolkata on Wednesday when the cabin crew detected smoke from the oven,they said.

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“The cabin crew detected some smoke from an oven in the rear galley of the plane. They used fire extinguisher and immediately switched off the oven. At no point was the aircraft or the passengers at risk,” an airline spokesperson said.

Air India would raise the issue would the US plane manufacturer Boeing which would have to rectify all problems,he said and added that the national carrier has a “zero tolerance policy” for any technical trouble.

The incident came in the backdrop of a series of problems involving the Boeing 787 Dreamliner,which was grounded globally in January for about four months due to two battery- fire incidents.

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Recently,a fire broke out inside an Ethiopian Airline’s Dreamliner parked at London’s Heathrow airport. PTI SMJ ARC ZMN 07261900

First published on: 26-07-2013 at 08:23:05 pm
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