AI pilot thrashes captain inside the cockpit


New Delhi: After the Germanwings crash raised critical question on aviation safety concern over pilot’s mental health, an Air India flight (AI 611) witnessed a turbulent scene between the captain and his deputy at Jaipur on Sunday evening just before the Airbus A-320 was to take off for Delhi.

While sources confirmed that the co-pilot thrashed and abused the commander, an AI spokesperson said that it was nothing more than a mere altercation.

The heated scenes were witnessed when AI 611 was getting ready to fly for Delhi. “The commander told his co-pilot to take down critical take off figures for the flight. This involves writing critical facts like number of passengers on board, take off weight and fuel uptake on a small paper card (trim sheet) that is displayed in front of the pilots for the entire duration of the flight. The co-pilot took offence at this and reportedly beat up the captain,” said a source.

“In the larger interest of the airline”, the commander decided to go ahead with the flight and flew to Delhi. The normal procedure would have been to report this incident in Jaipur but that would have led to the flight being cancelled and passengers being left stranded. On landing here, the captain is learnt to have made a log entry with AI movement control after which he flew to his home base, Mumbai.

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