Air India pilot and engineer fight inside cockpit at Chennai airport
CHENNAI: A Chennai-Delhi Air India flight was delayed by more than two hours after pilot and aircraft engineer had a difference of opinion which ended up in a fight inside the cockpit on Saturday. The aircraft engineer was injured and was admitted to a private hospital while the pilot Captain Manik Lal has been grounded till investigations are completed.
There were no passengers inside the plane when the incident happened.
Sources said that the plane which had arrived from Mumbai was scheduled to take off at 9.45am to Delhi enroute to Paris and a team of technicians where readying the plane for departure.
The pilot and the engineer are injured.
"Staff were cleaning the wind shield and attending to other technical aspects inside the cockpit when Manik Lal walked in. He was not pleased to see too many people inside the cockpit and started to send them out. The flight engineer V T Kannan reached the cockpit and informed the pilot that the plane was yet to be handed over to the crew for flying. But the pilot refused to pay heed to the explanation," said an official.
This led to an argument which snowballed into a fight in which the flight engineer was injured and was admitted to a private hospital, he added.
An Air India official said," an investigation has been ordered and the pilot was derostered till a report is submitted about the incident."
The aircraft is an A319, which is a relatively new plane.
An Air India official said that pilot was changed and the plane departed by around 11.45am because it was flying on an international route.
Meanwhile, an Air India official said that the plane also had a minor snag and that the pilot and the engineer had a difference of opinion about continuing the flight.
A pilot said that pilots have a right to reject a flight if they found it was unsafe to fly after a technical snag.
aftab badri•9500• •Unknown•
Pilots should have tolerance impatients can't be allowed to fly the aircrafts needs to be seen by a psychiatrist
Kuldeep K•10511• • aftab badri•India•
Pilot thought that the guy is a Fight Engineer.
Ashwin S•17625• •Mumbai•22 hours ago
Never knew that Air India pilots were bully's too. :-) :-)
The pilot has spoilt the prestigious name of Air India. Any problrm with filght engineer should be sorted out in a gentleman way. Adults behave like this is ridiculous in an international flight. Guilty should be punished to tech others.
Manohar Subramaniam•9957• • Davinderdas Lakhani•London•
Prestigious name of Air India ???? Ha,ha,ha, that's a good one . . . .
draconian arian•3545• • Davinderdas Lakhani•India•
Prestigious?????....blood sucker of common tax payers.........
Kuldeep K•10511• •India•
I was expecting passengers to get assaulted by AI staff. This is internal dog-fight.
Dinesh Kumar•29303• • Kuldeep K•goa•
I think irate customers assaulting AI staff is far more common.
harisingh singh•16325• • Dinesh Kumar•New Delhi•
this is not good for any employees to have fight with co employees