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Air India window panel falls, injures passengers

Undergoing through disinvestment process, national carrier Air India faced embarrassing situation Thursday last when at least three passengers were injured on its flight from New Delhi to Amritsar  when the aircraft encountered heavy turbulence, causing an inside panel of a window to fall off and some overhead oxygen masks to be deployed.

According to an agency report, the three passengers were taken to hospital on their arrival in the capital. The turbulence level was so high that a passenger bumped his head against an overhead cabin. The turbulence continued for 10-15 minutes.

It was a nightmare experience on April 19 for 240 passengers flying 35 minute while flight was at the altitude of 15000 feet above the ground.

According to a video gone viral an inside window panel came off near seat 18A. However, the outside panel remained intact. The 50-second long video clip covering the happenings inside the ill-fated flight showed an air hostess trying to fix the window panel that came off and pacifying the elderly women passenger seated in the particular window seat.

Another air-hostess was seen trying to fix the cracked window panel near the front row while two passengers were looking shell-shocked.

A senior official said, “This was a freak high level turbulence. Air India and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is probing it.”  The report also mentioned there was a crack in the overhead bin near seat 12U too.

The DGCA has ordered an investigation into the incident and also informed the Aircraft Accident Investigation Board. There has been no official statement from Air India so far.

On March 28, the government initiated the disinvestment process of Air India (AI) and invited “Expression of Interest” to offload a 76 per cent stake and management control in the airline. Government of India owns 100 per cent equity of the airline.

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