Air India Pilots Brawl In Cockpit

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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.

Hindustan Times 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."

Many 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 flights.

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