Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Caught for forgery, aviation regulator grounds senior Taj Air pilot for 3 months

Aviation regulator DGCA has barred a top-ranking pilot of Taj Air, which flies chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons Ratan Tata and chairman Cyrus Mistry among others, from flying for three months.

The action against Capt Kunal Kapoor comes after the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) found that he had forged the signature of the company's doctor in fitness papers for himself and two of his colleagues. Mirror was the first to report this in its edition dated September 15.

The DGCA on Tuesday issued orders punishing Capt Kapoor, a co-pilot and a cabin crew. The other two too face a similar suspension term, for keeping quiet despite being aware of the forgery.

During a surprise check of medical records maintained by non-scheduled operators, DGCA officials last week found violations by pilots of Taj Air, Kestrel Aviation and Aerotech Aviation.

Subsequently, the regulator also suspended one pilot from Vile Parle based Kestrel and two from Delhibased Aerotech.
16/09/15 Aditya Anand/Mumbai Mirror  
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