Saturday, March 11, 2006

Case filed against Air-India chief in US Supreme Court

Washington: A Seattle-based Boeing instructor pilot has filed a criminal complaint against Air-India Chairman V Thulasidas in the Supreme Court of the US accusing him of irregularities in business relationship between the two companies and violating the Indian aviation laws related to flight safety.
The Senior Instructor Pilot at Boeing, Tony Keyter, filed the criminal charges against the A-I chief and 37 others in the Supreme Court (Case No. 05-140) on March 7. Keyter has been an instructor pilot for 17 years.
“At the time there was a prevailing climate within A-I to violate the aviation Act as it pertains to flight safety. The A-I’s insistence that its crews operate despite violations of the aviation laws were widespread and occurred with Thulasidas’ knowledge. These violations potentially affect the safety of passengers,” he alleged.
“During training of A-I flight crews, Thulasidas, in collusion with Boeing vice president Dinesh Keskar, coerced me as a Senior Boeing Instructor Pilot to violate the Indian aviation laws concerning flight safety.”
Keyter, who had trained Indian pilots on behalf of the Boeing for about two and half months last year, told The Indian Express: “My complaint is against Thulasidas and not against Air-India. The criminal charges arise from intimidation and coercion to break the law.”
11/03/06 Lalit K Jha/Indian Express
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