2 Air India pilots suspended as they allowed actress inside cockpit

air-indiaTwo pilots of Air India have been suspended after they allowed a south Indian actress to sit inside the cockpit mid-air on a Bangalore-Hyderabad flight in flagrant violation of safety norms.

Airline officials said that “Both pilots have been suspended and taken off the roster. An inquiry is going on”,

The matter came to light after a passenger lodged a complaint with the airline, They added.

The pilots have been identified as Jagan M Reddy and S Kiran.

Official sources said today that the Aviation regulator DGCA has taken a serious view of the incident which took place last month.

While both the pilots were suspended by the national carrier pending an internal inquiry, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is conducting a thorough probe into the “flagrant violation of passenger safety norms,” they said.

In the complaint, the passenger said the actress was allowed into the cockpit when the plane was mid-air. She had occupied the observer’s seat during the flight, which is reserved for examiners and observers authorised by DGCA.

With quite a few such incidents coming to fore in the past months, the DGCA is considering amending its rules to impose harsher penalties on the cockpit crew, the sources said, adding that cockpit entry by a passenger is completely prohibited since the 9/11 terror strike.

The pilot of an Air India flight from Delhi to Bangalore got locked out of the cockpit as the door got jammed which resulted in the co-pilot making an emergency landing in Bhopal in May.

Two stewardesses were inside the cockpit for nearly 45 minutes as one of the two pilots had taken a long break in April.