Sunday, June 10, 2018

Foreign airline crew in immigration check trouble

New Delhi: Three foreign airline crew members — US, Chinese, Finland — allegedly skipped immigration clearance at IGI airport on September last year in cohorts with multiple flight handling agencies.

On detailed inquiry, documentation and CCTV footage, it has been observed that this act by the crew members and the flight handlers is in gross violation of laws and makes them liable for commission of criminal offence, according to police. A case has been filed against them on Friday at IGI Airport police station.

On September 17, 2017, one non-scheduled flight bearing number, B-7796, that departed from T3 with three foreign airline crew members identified as Conrad Pels (US national), Visa Tappan Turbine (Finland national) and Zhang I Aiming (Chinese national), who skipped mandatory immigration clearance.

Refusing to name the airline/s, Sanjay Bhatia, DCP (IGI) said, "The act of skipping immigration clearance in arrival and departure is in violation of law and the DGCA directions regarding operation of non-scheduled international flights. A case has been filed and investigation is on. We will also scrutinise the role of ground handling teams and others involved in this crime."
10/06/18 Sunil Thapliyal/Asian Age