This refers to the report “Woman pilot makes emergency landing” (June 11). The alacrity with which Air India's Captain Urmila Yadav acted to save the lives of passengers and the crew members on her flight in such a nerve-wracking situation deserves encomiums.

But it is unfathomable as to how one of the nose wheels of the aircraft was lost. Is there no foolproof mechanism to check whether all vital equipment of an aircraft is working satisfactorily before the flight?

H.P. Murali,

Bangalore

How can a tyre fall off in mid-air? The DGCA must ensure that aircraft maintenance is observed by all air operators. In difficult and far-flung terrain with inclement weather like in the North-east, and where there may not be a large maintenance base, there must be greater observation of such crucial procedures.

Daniel Varghese,

Thiruvananthapuram

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