Mumbai: National carrier Air India has suspended one of its executive pilots. This has been done as the pilot allegedly misbehaved in an abusive manner with a senior DGCA official. The incident during a simulator training session, a source said. The official involved in the incident here last week is also from Air India and on deputation at the DGCA.
According to the source, the DGCA official filed an official complaint with Air India. Following the complaint, the pilot has been suspended pending investigation, the source added.
“After carrying out standardisation checks of two pilots on B-777 simulator, the DGCA official was filing the report. At that time, the pilot entered the briefing room with a box of masks and a few bottles of sanitisers,” said the source Wednesday.
“The pilot started arguing why such a requirement is there from DGCA to sanitise the simulators. He was told categorically that all ATOs (Approved Training Organisations) are required to adhere to the guidelines of DGCA,” the source said. He was quoting the official’s complaint.
At this stage, the source said the pilot became abusive. “He (pilot) was told to lower his tone of language and not be abusive and not shout. During this period, the official remained seated calmly. Suddenly the pilot became more abusive and came to hit the official but was pulled back by the two pilots,” the source informed.
A query sent to Air India chief spokesperson did not elicit a response. Another spokesperson said he was ‘not aware’ of the matter.
According to the source, the pilot had in the past too acted in such a manner with outbursts of temper. “Such behaviour of the pilot is not unacceptable. Moreover, using abusive language and shouting at a DGCA official while performing his duty is not tolerable,” the source said.
As per the source, the official has sought strict action against the pilot ‘who needs a psychiatric help/ evaluation’.