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Air India Grounds Its 2 Pilots For Inviting Woman Into Cockpit Of Delhi-Leh Flight Last Week

Air India has said a female friend of AI-445 pilot entered the cockpit without following rules, both pilots have been grounded by the airliner.

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Air India has grounded its two pilots for inviting a woman into the cockpit of a Delhi-Leh flight last week.

The airliner’s action comes after a month after an Air India pilot was grounded for inviting his female friend into the cockpit.

The reports said Air India management acted against the pilot and the co-pilot soon after receiving a complaint from the cabin crew regarding an unauthorised female passenger entering the cockpit of the AI-445 aircraft.

"A female friend of AI-445 pilot entered the cockpit without following rules, both pilots have been grounded/off-roster by Air India," a top Air India official was reportedly quoted as having said.

Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, “…is aware of the issue and necessary action is being taken in the matter in accordance with the procedures." 

The Leh route is one of the most difficult and sensitive air routes in the country in terms of safety and security and allowing an unauthorised person in the cockpit in a commercial aircraft is amounts to a violation of law.

"Landing at Leh airport is one of the toughest operations across country due to the high altitude mountainous terrain and sensitive too due to the presence of the country's defence forces bases. Moreover, to operate in this terrain requires a very good health record due to insufficient oxygen levels and due to this only highly skilled pilots with good health record should be deployed for Leh operations," aviation expert Vipul Saxena was quoted by a report in NDTV.

The DGCA recently suspended the license of an Air India pilot who welcomed his female friend into the cockpit of Air India flight AI-915 on the Dubai to Delhi route on February 27, it mentioned.

The DGCA also imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on the airline for allegedly not taking prompt and effective action in the cockpit violation incident.
 

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