The Pilot Authority will consider legal action against the suspension of a pilot’s licence

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A senior official of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) has said that the airline’s pilots will deal strictly with the suspension of the injured pilot.

Air India’s pilots’ body IPG is considering legal action and other options by aviation regulator DGCA to suspend the license of the pilot of a flight last November after a passenger allegedly urinated on a co-passenger.

A senior official of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG) has said that the airline’s pilots will deal strictly with the suspension of the injured pilot.

The urination incident took place on board a New York-Delhi flight on November 26, 2022 and was not brought to the notice of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) until January 4.

For various violations, the DGCA on Friday imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India, imposed a fine of Rs 3 lakh on the airline’s inflight service manager and suspended the pilot’s license for three months.

“We are considering all options, including taking legal action to suspend the pilot’s license. We are talking to our lawyers about it and will file an appeal soon,” an IPG member told PTI anonymously.

The member stated that the pilot involved acted with great maturity. “At that time, everything was reported to the company. If after all this you still think the pilot did not act, then we need to understand what you are talking about and why you found him guilty.” The member also claimed that “there was a lot of pressure to find a scapegoat in the whole affair.”

There was no immediate comment from Air India.

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

On November 26 last year, there was a passenger disturbance incident on AI-102 flight from New York to Delhi, during which a male passenger behaved unruly and relieved the passenger, DGCA said.

The watchdog issued notices to Air India’s manager-in-charge, director of cabin services, all pilots and cabin crew on that flight as to why no enforcement action should be taken against them for breaching their regulatory obligations.

The DGCA considered the written responses of Air India and the involved employees and decided on enforcement action.

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