A Boeing 777 Air India flight AI-101 was due to land at JFK airport after a 15-hour flight from New Delhi on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks on New York City.
It was reported that passengers were worried that the failure might be anther attempt to crash the airline but the skilled handling of the pilots saved the day.
The Boeing 777, AI 101 aircraft was carrying 370 passengers from Delhi to New York on September 11 when it suffered multiple instrument failures minutes before planning to land at JFK Airport. With technical failures, bad weather and low fuel, the pilots coordinated with JFK Airport’s air traffic control (ATC) and managed to land the plane safely at Newark Liberty Airport (EWR). Amazingly, the plots managed to bring the plane down manually saving the lives of everyone on board, and preventing a potential tragedy on the ground. Authorities praised the pilots’ heroics, and have launched an investigation into what happened on board the aircraft, The aircraft is back in service. and has already made two trips to New York since the incident.
The Director General of Civil Aviation and Air India have also formed a committee to probe the reasons of so many instruments failing at the same time. The flight AI 101 had suffered failure of navigation, auto-speed break, collision avoidance, cross radio altimeter and auto land systems that allow an aircraft to operate autonomously without reliance on ground support equipment. There was no comment from either the U.S. FAA nor NTSB regarding the details of an investigation.
A second incident involving a Delta 767 aircraft arriving from Brazil prompted JFK Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) who satisfactorily handled hot brakes with a hydraulic failure on an early morning flight into JFK. The plane landed without duress with the ARFF unit aiding in cooling off the smoking brake system.
In another incident an American Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft declared an emergency with a center fuel tank leak upon arrival at JFK Airport, No injuries were reported.
It was reported by the JFK Air Traffic Control there were a few go-rounds recently (when an aircraft does not land but makes another attempt) where planes had to re-approach the airport. According to a spokesman, these go-rounds are not unusual, but no official word as to the modest increase over the last month.