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In BA9 St. Elmo’s full incident report clearly indicated, pilots were very busy with aircraft’s instruments system and trying to restart the engine. During this ordeal, they sent other crew to check the engines from passengers window. Engines could not be ‘viewed’ from cockpit.
Visibility is important for small aircraft (as anyone taken lesson will know) and also duirng take-offs and landing (although landing is now possible blind through cat III ILS).
There are one or two problem with every airlines – but telling Air India is unsafe from a silly news (paper on windshild), it is seriously misinformed.
On the other hand – a frequent industrial actions has a corelation with emplyoee morale. And employee morale has definitive corelation with safety.