Mamata flight controversy: DGCA asks Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo to suspend pilots

Mamata Banerjee's IndiGo flight was made to hover over Kolkata even after the plane was reportedly low on fuel.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 7, 2016 7:49 pm
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The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) Wednesday asked carriers Air India, SpiceJet and IndiGo to suspend the pilots involved in the controversy surrounding West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee’s flight delay, news agency ANI reported.

The issue broke out when Banerjee’s IndiGo flight was made to hover over Kolkata even after the plane was reportedly low on fuel. She was flying back from Patna to Kolkata, returning from her rally against demonetisation. Along with her was party vice-president Mukul Roy. Her party Trinamool Congress later caused major uproar in the Parliament and alleged threat to Banerjee’s life while the Centre asserted no one was in danger.

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Indigo however clarified that the captain of the flight, at no stage, declared a fuel priority or emergency.

“Fuel on arrival was more than minimum diversion fuel,” the airline said in a statement. It also said misinterpretation by the ATC controller had led him to instruct fire engines and ambulances to be stationed at Kolkata airport.

The Parliament on the other hand was assured that the DGCA will probe into how three flights to Kolkata including one with Banerjee on board reportedly had low fuel.

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  1. O
    Dec 7, 2016 at 9:02 am
    Someone in DGCA just saved his skin. As it turns out (after flight records and data were checked) , a fairly routine hovering of aircraft over major airport prior landing was made part of conspiracy theory. Matter raised in parliament because VIP involved else this routine hovering is not questioned when ordinary mortals are on board. Such an irony that ,Pilots who need to be recognized for doing amazing job instead are being victimized. Glad that Indigo are backing their pilots.