Real reason why Air India pilots fought in cockpit: Pilot addressed co-pilot as ‘Uncle’

| Tuesday, April 7, 2015 - 16:13
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NEW DELHI: Two pilots of the Air India Jaipur-Delhi flight were de-rostered after an altercation between the two in the cockpit just before the departure delayed the flight.

The argument between the pilot and his co-pilot occurred over a minor issue of the Captain of the flight addressing his Deputy as ‘Uncle’.

The incident took place when the plane was preparing for the takeoff for Delhi.

“We have de-rostered both the commander and the pilot of the Jaipur-Delhi flight pending enquiry,” an Air India spokesperson said.

Refusing to the allegations that the argument between the two pilots even turned violent, the spokesperson added there were only heated exchanges of minor argument which was later resolved.

“The commander in his report has also stated that it was a minor argument and not any fight as such. We are probing the issue and based on the findings of the report, we will take appropriate action,” the spokesperson said.

However, the sources further inform that the senior pilot, reportedly younger in age had actually addressed the co-pilot as ‘uncle’ while asking him to prepare some mandatory flight details.

“The co-pilot of the flight was quite senior in age. When the commander was readying for takeoff, he asked him to take down some details, but addressing him as uncle. The junior pilot took umbrage it and this led to argument,” a source said.

The fight was reportedly triggered by the captain asking his deputy to note critical data like the number of passengers on board, takeoff weight and other details for a card that is kept in front of them for the flight for reference.

The co-pilot on the other hand ‘took offence’ and attacked the captain. But at the same time, in spite of the heated argument between the two, the flight did takeoff and a complaint was filed by the commander later on.

(With PTI Inputs)

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