KFA pilot who flew woman in cockpit taken off duty

A Kingfisher pilot, who had allegedly flown a woman in cockpit in violation of safety rules from Delhi to Mumbai on last Sunday, has been taken off the duty pending a probe by the airline.

Taking a strong view of the violation of safety rules by a senior pilot, the civil aviation regulator, Director General of Civil Aviation , had sought a report from the airline.
“The probe is on and till then the pilot has been derostered, as per the standard procedure”, airline sources said.

Kingfisher Airlines, which is already facing a safety audit by the Director General of Civil Aviation, came under fresh scrutiny following reports of one of its pilots flying woman in the cockpit in violation of rules.

Overruled objection

The commander, who is also a head of the Kingfisher Airline’s pilot training, had overruled the objection by the cabin crew who informed the incident to the management when the flight landed at Mumbai.

The incident came at a time when theDirector General of Civil Aviation is conducting safety audits of cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines and another airlines which are facing financial
distress as per the civil aviation regulator’s audit.

After Kingfisher submits its report, the Director General of Civil Aviation would initiate its own investigations and if the pilot is found guilty, then his licence may be suspended for a few months.


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