Air India urination incident: Pilots body discusses legal course against pilot suspension

Air India’s pilots’ body, IPG, is considering legal remedies and other options, with regard to aviation regulator DGCA, which suspended the license of the pilot in command of the flight where a passenger allegedly urinated on a female passenger on board last November.

A senior member of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which represents the airline’s pilots who fly wide-body planes, said he would firmly address the issue of suspension of the pilot in question.

The urination incident occurred on board the New York-Delhi flight on November 26, 2022 and was brought to the attention of the General Directorate of Civil Aviation (DGCA) only on January 4.

For various violations, the DGCA on Friday fined Air India Rs 30 lakh, fined Rs 3 lakh to the airline’s director of in-flight services and suspended the pilot-in-command’s license for three months.

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“We are considering all options, including taking legal action for the suspension of the pilot’s license. We are speaking with our lawyers on the matter and will be taking a call soon,” the IPG member said. ITP under condition of anonymity.

The member stated that the pilot in question had acted very maturely. “Everything was reported to the company at that time. If after all this you still think the pilot did not act, then we need to understand what he is talking about and why he finds him guilty.”

The member also claimed that there is a lot of “pressure to find a scapegoat in the whole case.”

There was no immediate comment from Air India.

Air India’s senior management was reportedly informed about the urination incident hours after the flight landed on November 26.

The incident of passenger misbehavior occurred on flight AI-102 from New York to Delhi on November 26 last year, in which a male passenger behaved in a disorderly manner and allegedly relieved himself on a female passenger, according to DGCA. .

The watchdog had issued show-of-cause notices to the responsible Air India manager, director of in-flight services, all pilots and cabin crew on that flight as to why no enforcement action should be taken against them for breach of their regulatory obligations.

The DGCA reviewed the written responses from Air India and the personnel involved and decided on enforcement actions.

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