Verbal abuse and a
fistfight reportedly took place in the cockpit of an AI flight when the co-pilot apparently
attacked the captain before takeoff.
Sources from the scene say that the
senior pilot, who was younger in age, had actually called the co-pilot
"uncle" while asking him to prepare mandatory pre-flight flight
details in advance of their Jaipur-Delhi flight.
reports the source as saying, "The co-pilot of the flight was
quite senior in age. When the commander was readying for take-off, he asked him
to take down some details, but addressing him as uncle. The junior pilot took
umbrage and this led to the argument."
airlines have introduced a rule requiring 2 crew members in the cockpit at all
times following the crash of a Germanwings plane last month. But if the crew
members are throwing punches at each other, pax may not be much safer.
Despite taking a beating, the
pilot decided to go ahead and operate the flight to DEL. Air India has
announced that it has grounded both of the officers involved in the dispute
although it denies violence took place, saying there was only a verbal argument
between the pair.
“There were only heated
exchanges between the commander and co-pilot over some issue. We have already de-rostered
the 2 pilots pending an enquiry," an Air India stated.
Air India, which has not
reported an annual profit since 2007, has been hit by a string of technical
glitches and other embarrassing incidents, including staff turning up late for