Air India’s Dreamliner aircraft with 148 passengers onboard landed safely at Bangalore from Delhi despite having a hole under it belly.
According to Times of India report, a large panel on the Boeing 787’s fuselage flew off when the aircraft was on its way from Delhi to Bangalore.
The plane pilots apparently had no idea the panel was missing.
“Yes, there was a gaping hole. During the normal transit inspection, it was observed. Engineers immediately rectified it,” an anonymous Air India official said.
“It was not an emergency. There was no safety problem,” the official added.
Besides long-haul international operations, Air India operates the Dreamliners on domestic routes like from Delhi to Chennai, Bengalore and Calcutta.