Friday, December 08, 2017

Oman Air co-pilot found without flying licence, stopped at Delhi airport

New Delhi: Traffic cops routinely challan drivers who forget their licence at home. Now in a possible first, Indian aviation authorities did not permit a Muscat-bound Oman Air flight to take off from Delhi as he could reportedly not show his flying licence during a random check. The plane was allowed to depart only when the airline faxed the cockpit crew member's commercial pilot licence (CPL) to Delhi and the same was found to be in order by the regulator.
This first-of-its-kind episode happened over a week back in Delhi. A team of Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials was carrying out ramp inspections where the paperwork of foreign aircraft and crew operating them was being checked.
"During this random check, the co-pilot of Oman Air's Delhi-Muscat flight could not produce his CPL when asked to do so. The aircraft, whose boarding had been completed, was stopped from taking off. The airline faxed the pilot's licence which was examined and then the plane took off with a two-hour delay," said a source.
Oman Air did not comment on this episode till the time of going to press.
08/12/17 Saurabh Sinha/Times of India