Jet Airways pilot ‘slaps’ female colleague mid-air, DGCA suspends his licence

The matter was later brought to the notice of the Jet Airways management, which derostered both the senior pilots pending further investigation.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: January 4, 2018 9:52 am
The matter was later brought to the notice of the Jet Airways management, which derostered both the senior pilots pending further investigation.

Aviation regulator DGCA on Wednesday suspended the flying licence of a senior Jet Airways pilot after he got into a mid-air brawl with his co-pilot and allegedly slapped her inside the cockpit of a London-Mumbai flight on January 1. The pilot’s flying licence has been suspended pending investigation, a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told PTI. Both the pilots were grounded by the airline after the incident.

The pilot and the woman commander have been flying together for many years and have had differences in the past, according to sources. However, on January 1, the arguments turned violent inside the cockpit. The pilot allegedly slapped her after which the female pilot came out of the cabin crying. “The cabin crew persuaded her to go back to the cockpit but she refused. Following this, the male pilot came out of the cockpit, leaving the operations to the care of a cabin crew (which is a violation of flight safety norms) and persuaded her to return to the cockpit,” a source said.

The pilot’s licence was suspended for violating  the safety norms and leaving the cockpit unattended. The fight happened when the aircraft was in the Iran-Pakistan airspace and was 2.45 hours away from its destination.

A Jet Airways spokesperson, however, dimissed the fight as a “misunderstanding” between the crew. “A misunderstanding occurred between the cockpit crew of 9W119 London-Mumbai flight on January 1. However, the same was quickly resolved amicably and the flight with 324 guests including two infants and 14 crew members completed its journey in Mumbai safely,” the airline spokesperson said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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  1. Sudalaimani Soundararaj
    Jan 4, 2018 at 8:09 am
    A rowdy pilot , he has no right to touch a woman and how he slapped his co pilot? He should be terminated from service.
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    1. Manoj
      Jan 4, 2018 at 7:18 am
      It appears that JetAirways flight crew are not receiving adequate training on CRM. Modern pits are very constricted spaces and the flying crew of two are perilously close to each other if and when there are any personal incompatibilities. The pits of earlier days were better with an additional Flight Engineer. In terms of issues related to interpersonal conflicts, the cramped pit is indeed a 'pit' or arena, and isolation of the pit from the rest of the aircraft obviously due to security risks is fraught with its own unique setbacks.
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