Two commanders of Jet Airways have been grounded for allowing a woman friend to fly in the cockpit of a Goa-Mumbai flight. She remained in the cockpit till the flight landed in Mumbai some months back.
- The pilots allowed a woman friend to fly in the cockpit of a Goa-Mumbai
flight a few months ago
- She remained in the cockpit till the flight landed in Mumbai.
- The two pilots did not spend their entire grounding period on ground.
However, the two pilots did not spend their entire grounding period, well, on ground. The airline asked them to resume flying in the period when they were not supposed to do so following a Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) order suspending their licences for the lady-in-cockpit episode. One of them even operated a flight in the license suspension period.
Accepting this, a Jet spokesman said: “An administrative oversight led to a Jet Airways pilot, currently off flying duties, being assigned a training flight after completing a ground training session. The company has proactively reported the event to the DGCA and has already fixed the gap in the assignment process, to prevent its reoccurrence, following an internal investigation.”
This unprecedented chain reaction — violation; followed by punishment; subsequent violation of punishment and then again punishment — began on January 8, 2018, when the two pilots were operating 9W 762 from Goa to Mumbai. They reportedly let a lady friend of one of them travel in the cockpit till the flight landed in Mumbai.
The airline got to know of this violation later and grounded them for a month.
Just when the grounding period of the pilots was getting over, the DGCA on March 19, 2018, suspended their flying licences for a month. “Captain(s) permitted the entry of unauthorised person into cockpit of flight number 9W 762. Hence compromised with the safety of aircraft operations and its occupants…. privileges of pilot licences are hereby suspended in public interest for one month,” DGCA’s joint DG Lalit Gupta wrote to Jet on March 19.