外文标题：Air India co-pilot beats up captain inside cockpit
NEW DELHI: Amid rising aviation safety concerns over pilots' mental health, an Air India aircraft's cockpit witnessed some tense scenes between the captain and his deputy at Jaipur on Sunday evening just before the Airbus A-320 was to take off for Delhi. While numerous airline sources said that the co-pilot abused and beat up the commander, an AI spokesman said that "there was an argument between the two and nothing more."
The heated scenes were witnessed when AI 611 was getting ready to fly for Delhi. "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," said a source.
"In the larger interest of the airline", the commander decided to go ahead with the flight and flew to Delhi. The normal procedure would have been to report this incident in Jaipur but that would have led to the flight being cancelled and passengers being left stranded. On landing here, the captain is learnt to have made a log entry with AI movement control after which he flew to his home base, Mumbai.
The AI spokesman said: "The two had an argument. They have settled the issue."
According to senior AI commanders, the co-pilot in question has reportedly faced similar charges in the past too. "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
Arun Singh (CA)
Lock this idiot out before he does another stupid act like German pilot.
maalolan (Planet Earth)
See what happened in German wings airline killing more than 150 passengers by Co- pilot's deliberate act. All pilots must be screened for any psychological aberrations periodically.
Indian Hindustani (Unknown)
This is a very serious thing. tomorrow this co-pilot can get the plane down or get along with the hijackers ..the co-pilot mental health is not good..If DGCA does not suspend his license then its better not to travel by AI...
Ankit Maskara (Gurgaon, Haryana)
ON second thought, the co-pilots name should be disclosed in public and massive social campaigning will follow to expedite his removal from AI....
S L Gera (Unknown)
The airline must investigate it and punish the guilty so that indiscipline is nipped in the bud.
S L Gera (Unknown)
It is really shocking.
fulloflife Gold (b)
Very disgusting, risking so many lives!
Valsan sami (Unknown)
No doubt he is relative of some politician. But what the passenger's mistake, they pay huge ticket money to witness such nasty dramas. Better use your own vehicles else die before you live.Politician never care for anything. If this pilot loose his job immediately he will find another company. Because politician once decided to put his son as pilot he will do it at any cost.
Ghar ki baat. Any passenger was beaten?
Praveen Pandiyan (Thiruvanmiyur, India)
Throw him out.why keeping such a people
Anything can happen with stressed people .... Money alone can't make u happy ...
skrc1 chaudhary (Bareilly)
Air India is a source of national disgrace or India. It is always in the news or wrong reasons. Sooner it is sold by the Govt. better it will be for the country
the way indian resolve the issues. .
The junior must obey the senior unless the orders are patently illegal
Bala () 1 hr ago
The best thing to teach Air India - Avoid flying in Air India......
now there should be security guard in the cockpit :P