Following a report by the air safety regulator,Air India has derostered nine employees,including two pilots,for taking on board three passengers in excess of the aircraft capacity on a flight two months ago. At the same time,the airline announced that it has launched an internal investigation to nail the guilty in the incident.
The incident,which occurred in May this year,involved a Mumbai-Mangalore flight IC-179 that took off with three passengers in addition to the 172 passenger capacity of the Airbus A-321 aircraft operating the service,an AI spokesperson said.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation found in its report that one of the three extra passengers were also seated inside the cockpit on the jump seat (the third seat besides the two meant for pilot and co-pilot) in complete violation of security guidelines,while the other two were accommodated on seats meant for the cabin crew.
These additional passengers were issued manual boarding passes as the computerised ones cannot be generated after a flight is completely booked. These findings were revealed in DGCAs investigation report into an incident involving the same flight at Mumbai airport in which the aircraft was towed back even before the aircraft doors were closed,damaging the aerobridge attached to it.