April 20, 2013 3:53:18 am
Two pilots of an Air India (AI) flight,which landed at Mumbai airport last week without Air Traffic Control clearance,have been suspended.
Pending the inquiry,the Air India management suspended the pilot and the co-pilot. They will not fly again till they come clean, a senior airline official said. He said if they were found guilty,then further action would be taken against them.
AI flight AI-944 from Abu Dhabi had reportedly landed without requisite ATC clearance. Also,within 60 nautical miles of landing,the aircraft changed its communication frequency,allegedly flouting procedures.
DGCA had ordered derostering of the pilot and the co-pilot soon after the incident came to light. It had also derostered the surface movement controller and tower controller of the Mumbai airport.
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