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breaking news 6 unions ask the Dgca to revoke the suspension of the pilot’s license; Airlines close internal investigation


Air India considers the captain’s license suspension excessive and will help him appeal. Air India also takes note of the decision of the DGCA to impose fines on the company, a ground staff and to suspend the license of the captain. Cabin crew and ground staff have been advised and have since resumed their duties, the airlines said.

A joint forum of six unions on Tuesday called on aviation regulator DGCA to revoke the license suspension of the captain of the Air India flight from New York to Delhi on November 26 last year, in which a passenger Shankar Mishra urinated on a fellow passenger on board.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation suspended the pilot’s license for three months, fined Air India Rs 30 lakh and imposed Rs 3 lakh on the airline’s in-flight services manager related to the urination incident.

In the letter to the regulator, the forum said that although there is a wave of “public pressure” for action, given the seriousness of the complainant’s allegations, it is necessary to assess the same with the nature of the pilot- duties and responsibilities of the pilot-in-command, among others, and to assess the facts which occurred in front of the pilots and the crew on the said flight. Citing various aspects, the forum appealed to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGAC) to “remove the heavy penalty and suspension of the PIC”. It said.

The forum represents six unions – Indian Pilots Guild, Indian Commercial Pilots Association, Air Corporation Employees Union, Air India Employees Union, All India Cabin Crew Association and Airline Pilots Association of India.

The letter comes on the day that Air India-owned Tata Sons completed its internal investigation into the actions of its operations and administrative staff on flight AI102 on November 26 last year. The crew was approached by the complainant asking for help after he was allegedly urinated on by another passenger, Shankar Mishra.

Air India said: “In the absence of witnesses, the crew took the complainant’s allegation at face value and assisted her by providing her with clean clothes, cleaning her belongings and moving her to another business class seat of the same type as the original one.”

“The alleged perpetrator was confronted with the allegation and professed ignorance of the allegation. The crew had not served him excessive alcohol and did not appear to be intoxicated.”

Air India further stated, “The Captain was kept regularly briefed by the cabin crew. In the judgment of the crew, the alleged perpetrator did not pose any risk to the safety of the flight at any time.”

In light of the financial harm already suffered by the crew during their opt-out period, Air India deems the captain’s license suspension excessive and will help them appeal, the airlines said.

He further stated that Air India recognizes that the matter should have been reported as a prima facie case and the matter should have been closed and reported as such, without prejudice to any further investigation into the facts. In addition, the airline stated that upon receipt of the trip report, ground staff did not dispute the crew’s assessment and therefore did not report the incident as an incident. indiscipline.

The airlines also took note of the DGCA’s decision to impose fines on the Company, ground staff and to suspend the Captain’s license. Cabin crew and ground staff have been advised and have since resumed their duties.

“Air India takes note of the decision of the DGCA to impose fines on the company, one ground staff and to suspend the captain’s license. As stated above, Air India accepts that, notwithstanding the extenuating circumstances, on basis of the RAC letter, it did not properly classify the incident and therefore did not report it as required,” Air India said.

“Crew and ground personnel have been issued warning letters to now strictly adhere to the CAR definition of ‘unruly’ when reporting incidents on board, so that a subsequent investigation can assess the facts. Cabin crew and ground staff have been advised and have since returned to their duties,” he said.

The DGCA had previously imposed a financial penalty of Rs thirty lakh on Air India. Suspended pilot-in-command license for 3 months, financial penalty of three lakh rupees on airline in-flight director services.


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