Experts warn airlines to take extra care while reactivating planes as staff returns to service

Citing potential pilot rustiness, maintenance errors and even insect nests blocking key sensors, the airlines have been warned by the regulators, insurers and experts to be extra careful while reactivating planes left in extended storage during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

A spike in the number of reported problems have been created as the unprecedented number of aircraft grounded as COVID-19 lockdowns blocked air travel returned to service. There has been a sharp rise in the number of unstabilised or poorly handled approaches this year, which can result in hard landings, runway overshoots or even crashes, said the International Air Transport Association (IATA). 

Gary Moran, head of Asia aviation at insurance broker Aon PLC said, “Worried by IATA’s data, insurers are questioning airlines about whether they are doing extra pilot training to focus on landings.”

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