Jet grounds two senior pilots for fighting in cockpit of London-Mumbai flight

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NEW DELHI: Jet Airways has grounded two of its senior commanders for fighting inside the cockpit of a flight between London and Mumbai on January 1.

The commander flying as co-pilot allegedly slapped the commander in mid-flight and then left the cabin in tears.

After a great persuasion, the pilot lady returned to the cabin but, reportedly, she left furious shortly after. This time, a cabin crew scared, fearing for the safety of all, asked him to return to the controls and operate the flight to its destination. Fortunately, the plane landed safely.

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The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the license of the male co-pilot and ordered an investigation of the entire episode.

This unprecedented cockpit bout occurred on 9W 119 shortly after Jet’s Boeing 777 took off for its 9-hour trip to Mumbai with 324 passengers and 14 crew on board on New Year’s Day at 10 a.m. (UK Time).

Both pilots of this flight were commanders and the lady captained 9W 119 while the other was co-pilot of this sector.

“Shortly after the plane took off, the two pilots had a fight.” The copilot slapped the commander and she left the cabin in tears She was in the kitchen crying The cabin crew tried to comfort her and send her back to the cockpit, but to no avail, the copilot also kept buzzing (calling from the intercom in the cockpit) to the crew, asking them to return the second pilot, “the sources said.

When the cabin crew was unable to do so, it was reported that the co-pilot left the cockpit – leaving the cabin unmanned in a serious breach of the safety rules – and persuaded the commander to return with him to the controls.

“However, they had a fight for the second time after which she went out again, this time the cabin crew was very afraid that the fight would take place in the cabin, they asked her to go to the cabin and blow up the plane. safely to their destination, “sources said.

Realizing the fear factor among all, he returned to the cabin and the plane landed safely in Mumbai just after midnight on January 1 and 2.

Confirming this fight, a spokesman for Jet Airways said: “There was a misunderstanding between the cabin crew of flight 9W 119 of Jet Airways, London – Mumbai from January 1, 2018. However, it was quickly resolved in a friendly manner and the flight with 324 guests including 2 infantrymen and 14 crew members continued their journey to Mumbai, landing safely.The airline has reported the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the affected crew has been dismantled while waiting for a flight. internal investigation that has since started.

At Jet Airways, the safety of guests, crew and assets is paramount and the airline has zero tolerance for any action by its employees that compromises safety. ”

Describing this as a “serious matter”, the head of the DGCA, BS Bhullar, told TOI: “We have ordered an investigation into this and we have suspended the privileges of the co-pilot license pending investigation”.