Monday, May 15, 2006

Fresh row in Air-India

New Delhi: Even as IATA has restored the ISO certification to Air India after a gap of more than two months and communicated the same to the carrier’s CMD V Thulasidas, another controversy appears to be brewing in finding a replacement for Capt M K Hathi as Director (Operations). A vigilance and security inquiry is believed to have been instituted against a select few senior aviators allegedly to victimise and keep them out of reckoning.
A three-member internal inquiry constituted by Mr Thulasidas to inquire into the litany of complaints by AI’s senior executive pilots expressing complete lack of confidence in Capt Hathi reportedly found malafide intentions against the latter on several counts including repeated violations of the Director General of Civil Aviation’s mandatory CAR (Civil Aviation Requirements) encompassing among other things the Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL).
Mr Thulasidas had told the Tribune that appropriate action would be taken against Capt Hathi after the submission of the inquiry panel’s report and its careful perusal.
T.R. Ramachandran/The Tribune
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