Saturday, September 26, 2015

Mangalore crash: Supreme Court upholds Air India engineer union head's sacking

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has upheld Air India's decision to dismiss from service the general secretary of an employees' union for calling a strike three days after the crash of an AI plane in Mangalore (now Mangaluru) on May 22, 2010, in which 158 people were killed.

Two days after the crash, Aircraft Engineers Association general secretary Y V Raju called a press conference and said the cause of the accident was the clearance to the flight given by a technician in Kingfisher Airlines and AI authorities were not to be blamed.

Air India, which was trying its best to take relatives of the deceased to Mangaluru, was taken by surprise with this statement and issued a circular barring employees and unions from going to the media on reasons behind the crash, which it said would be established only after an inquiry.
26/09/15 Dhananjay Mahapatra/Economic Times
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