(Jaipur) An Air India co-pilot abused and beat up his captain inside the cockpit of Air India Airbus A-320 flight AI611. The fight inside the cockpit was reportedly intense described the eyewitness.
The clash occurred just before the flight was to take off from Jaipur to Delhi on Sunday evening.
Air India spokesperson tried to cover up the clash by stating, “there was an argument between the two and nothing more.”
A source told a media reporter, “The commander told his co-pilot to take down critical take off figures for the flight. This involves writing critical facts like number of passengers on board, take off weight and fuel uptake on a small paper card (trim sheet) that is displayed in front of the pilots for the entire duration of the flight. The co-pilot took offence at this and reportedly beat up the captain.”
However, despite the clash the captain decided to leave for Delhi because he didn’t want passengers to be stranded.
An Air India pilot body has stated that Junior pilots are usually highly stressed and “financially overburdened.”
The Air India spokesperson also said: “The two had an argument. They have settled the issue.”
Senior Air India pilots have said the particular co-pilot has had similar issues and charges in the past. “Three years back, he asked the commander of a flight to come out of the cockpit, remove the stars on his shirt collar (appulates) and then fought with him. A year later, another commander complained about his ‘rude and unbecoming’ behavior in the cockpit and questioned his state of mind,” said a senior commander.
“AI and DGCA should examine this latest problem in the cockpit. If the complaints about the said co-pilot’s behavior are found true, then in the interest of aviation safety the authorities must act,” said a pilot
With inputs from TOI