India Express B738 over Arabian Sea on Jul 31st 2021, cracked windshield

Last Update: July 31, 2021 / 17:14:07 GMT/Zulu time

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Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 31, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
IX-1581

Aircraft Registration
VT-GHC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

An Air India Express Boeing 737-800, registration VT-GHC performing flight IX-1581 from Thiruvananthapuram (India) to Dammam (Saudi Arabia) with 8 crew, was enroute at FL380 over the Arabian Sea about 330nm northwest of Thiruvananthapuram when the crew decided to descend the aircraft and return to Thiruvananthapuram due to a cracked windshield. The aircraft levelled off at FL210 for the return and landed safely back in Thiruvananthapuram about 110 minutes after departure.

A replacement Boeing 737-800 registration VT-AXI reached Dammam with a delay of about 5.5 hours.

The aircraft was carrying cargo to Dammam and was to take Indian citizens stranded in Saudi Arabia due to Covid back to India.

The occurrence aircraft is still on the ground in Thiruvananthapuram about 14 hours after landing back.
Incident Facts

Date of incident
Jul 31, 2021

Classification
Incident

Flight number
IX-1581

Aircraft Registration
VT-GHC

Aircraft Type
Boeing 737-800

ICAO Type Designator
B738

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