Oh, Air India. Your pilots refuse to fly unless you send them women. You fire co-pilots that have already quit. Your catering carts have rats, and you feed customers from them anyway figuring it’s your passengers that are the bigger problem anyway.
So it should really come as no surprise that when it was time to retire an old Airbus A320 to a training facility, they decided to use a crane that apparently couldn’t withstand the weight of an aircraft.
In what could be termed as a freak accident, a crane carrying Air India’s defunct aircraft has crashed on the boundary wall of a private property abutting Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad on Sunday morning. The crane and the aircraft were damaged but luckily, there were no casualties in the incident.
It seems Air India had never done this before. So they discovered for the first time in real world conditions that the 200 ton crane they had selected for the job wasn’t suitable for moving a 70 ton aircraft.
“There is two to three kilometre distance from the airport hangar to the training academy. The aircraft has to be lifted to certain height and carried in the air to avoid trees and electric poles on the road,” North Zone DCP N Prakash Reddy told TOI.
The crane’s arm snapped. Here’s the video:
WATCH: Crane carrying an old defunct Air India aircraft crashes near Begumpet Airport in Hyderabad. No casualties.https://t.co/VuOlEnyox2
— ANI (@ANI_news) April 10, 2016
The plane had been parked since 2007 (remember, Air India’s bureaucracy took 10 years to change the menu on their Delhi – London flight). Perhaps it should have remained parked a little longer for a few more engineers to consult on the idea.