Woman pilot had history of faulty landings: Govt

Delhi police sources meanwhile said the four pilots including Indigo's Capt Parminder Kaur Gulati accused of using fake marksheets to procure flying licence might have arranged the documents through a "channel of people" including touts.

One of the two pilots arrested--Gulati and and Air India's Capt J K Verma-- has identified the tout behind making available forged marksheets while the other has not told the police anything, a police official said. The two arrested pilots are believed to have paid touts Rs 10-12 lakh each.

Asked if DGCA officials were under the scanner, the official said they are investigating all angles and "definitely we will have to look into why no red flag was raised on this earlier."

However, the official said, as of now nothing has come out against DGCA officials.
Civil Aviation Minister Vayalar Ravi while making a statement in the Rajya Sabha said Government has set up an experts committee to look into the current examination system to procure DGCA licenses and to have an effective system of cross-verification of documents filed by candidates for various licenses in DGCA.

Ravi said the cases of forged documents came to light when Capt Gulati landed an aircraft on its nose-wheel, instead of the rear wheels. During the enquiry into the incident, it was found that there had been other instances in the past of her "exhibiting similar deficiencies in landing techniques," he said.

Later, it was found that Gulati had not passed the pilot examination and fraudulently obtained the licence. Subsequently, the case was handed over to the police, Ravi said.
"I have directed the DGCA (Directorate General of Civil Aviation) to examine all the licences issued in the past and to establish a procedure for more detailed verification while issuing such licences," Ravi said.

The government also proposed to set up an experts committee under his Ministry to look into various aspects of the prevailing examination system, he said.

"I propose to set up an expert committee in the Ministry to examine the current examination system, need for introduction of e-technology, new procedures and process and effective system of cross-verification of documents filed by candidates for various licenses in DGCA," Ravi said.

Till date, about 4,500 Airline Transport Pilot Licences (ATPLs) have been issued by the DGCA.

The DGCA, while examining the ATPL issued during the past one year, detected that Capt Swaran Singh Talwar (MDLR Airlines), Capt Meenakshi Singhal (IndiGo) and Capt J K Verma (Air India) submitted forged Result Cards with DGCA to obtain ATPLs. Both Gulati and Verma have been arrested while police are hot on the trail of Talwar and Singhal.
FIRs have been lodged in all these cases, Ravi said.

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