Saturday, September 09, 2017

Pilot smokes in cockpit, suspended

New Delhi: The commander of an airline has been suspended for smoking in the cockpit while flying an aircraft, an action unprecedented in India. While rare, crew members are known to smoke in the cockpit.
The commander in question got punished as his co-pilot filed a complaint with the airline after landing. The episode occurred on an AirAsia India flight from Hyderabad to Delhi last Monday (August 28). "The commander was smoking in the cockpit of the Airbus A-320 en route.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) came to know about this from the airline and are going to take strict action as smoking is banned inside aircraft. The action against this commander could include the suspension of his flying licence for some time, and asking the airline to get an FIR registered against him," said a highly placed source.
"The DGCA rules and action on tipsy flying have had a sobering impact. It is time that smoking in cockpit gets the required deterrent," said a nonsmoker pilot.
09/09/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India

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