A Jet Airways dive gave passengers aboard the plane the scare of their lives after the aircraft abruptly plunged more than 5,000 feet over Turkish airspace. Jet Airways, one of India's most prestigious airlines, has suspended both of the pilots involved in the event, which officials called a "serious incident."
The Economic Times reported on Aug. 14 that the Indian air traffic agency will form a team to investigate the matter and also the training facilities of the airline. The Wall Street Journal wrote in its report that the Jet Airways Boeing 777-300 Extended Range aircraft took a sudden freefall from 34,000 feet to 29,000 feet on a flight from Mumbai to Brussels as the flight commander was taking a nap. For reasons unknown as of yet, the co-pilot failed to notice until air traffic controllers in Turkey asked what was wrong.
The Jet Airways dive prompted the air traffic control station in Ankara, Turkey to broadcast an emergency alarm. The Times Of India reported that the aircraft was carrying around 280 passengers. The Jet Airways dive is currently being investigated and the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it had summoned the captain and co-pilot for questioning. "Both the pilots have been taken off the roster pending inquiry," said the regulator in a statement.
The airline has reportedly launched its own investigation as well. "Additionally, the Aircraft Accident Investigation Bureau has been asked to conduct a detailed investigation into the incident. Safety is of paramount importance to Jet Airways, as is also the welfare of our guests and crew," the airline expressed.