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Jet Airways Pilots Involved In Mid-Air Brawl Grounded For 5 Years

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| January 24 , 2018 , 17:31 IST

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation on Tuesday suspended the flying licence of two Jet Airways pilots who were were involved in a mid-air brawl for five years. The incident took place on Jet Airways' London-Mumbai flight 9W119 on January 1.

 

As per reports, the male co-pilot had allegedly slapped the fellow women commander inside the cockpit following which both the pilots left the flight unattended, thereby jeopardising the safety of the flight and the passangers and crew aboard.

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Jet Airways had dismissed the fight as a “misunderstanding” between the crew and suspended the pilots pending investigation. The airline also reported the matter to DGCA.

A statement from Jet Airways read, "A misunderstanding occurred between the cockpit crew of Jet Airways flight 9W 119, London - Mumbal of January 01, 2018. However, the same was quickly resolved amicably and the flight with 324 guests including 2 infants and 14 crew continued its journey to Mumbai, landing safely. The airline has reported the matter to the DGCA and the concerned crew have been taken off flying duties pending Investigation, that has since been initiated. At Jet Airways, safety of guests, crew and assets is of paramount importance and the airline has zero tolerance for any action of its employees that compromises safety." 

Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju had on January 4 assured Lok Sabha that action will be taken against the two pilots.