Saturday, July 04, 2020

Mumbai airport police files FIR against Air India pilot for threatening DGCA official

Mumbai airport police have registered an FIR against an Air India pilot over allegations that he threatened and abused a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA). A complaint was registered against pilot Rajneesh Sharma in this regard on June 3 by a deputy chief flying inspector with the DGCA in Mumbai.

In the FIR, pilot Rajneesh Sharma has been accused of acting with negligence likely to spread infection or disease, voluntarily causing hurt, intentional insult, and criminal intimidation.

Attempts to reach out to Captain Rajneesh Sharma and Air India did not result in a response.

In his complaint to airport police, the DGCA official claims that he was filling up forms in the briefing room after conducting the DE Standardisation test of an AI captain in B-777 simulator at the Air India facility when Captain Rajneesh entered. The pilot's mood and body language seemed aggressive, added the complainant.

According to the DGCA official, Captain Rajneesh was upset over DGCA's SOP for anti-COVID measures concerning simulators. The official claims he told the pilot that the SOP was based on the Government of India's guidelines to limit the spread of Covid-19, but Captain Rajneesh challenged the SOP nevertheless.

In an aggressive tone, Captain Rajneesh Sharma reportedly told the DGCA official that he is overworked since the airline is forcing him to attend office during the nationwide lockdown.

The DGCA official told India Today that it took the Mumbai airport police almost a month to register the FIR despite the fact that the Air India pilot was hindering the duties of a government official. "He came to hit me. He came to my face and he wasn't wearing a mask and his spit particles fell on my face," the DGCA official alleged.
04/07/20 Pankaj Upadhyay/India Today
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