Whenever on a flight, I get the jitters when I hear that it is delayed for 'technical' reasons. It could mean anything from bad weather to paucity of aircrafts! But the recent brouhaha over this episode leaves one thinking. I was always lead to believe that belly landing is possible by an astute pilot. However, in this case the plane losing one of the wheels, watched by people perhaps is what gives it a macabre twist. And then of course the landing, which we are told was almost like gate crashing!
All said and done, the adage All's well that ends well is very pertinent here - but certainly not with Air India! Its problems regarding salary payment, pilots' strike have made Air India not only a white elephant but a terrible one at that. The merger of Indian Airlines with Air India has perhaps made matters worse. One shudders to board a flight on it!
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