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Jet Airways domestic pilots' body NAG to hold emergency meeting tomorrow

NAG which claims representation of around 1,000 of the Jet Airways 1,500 pilot

Press Trust of India  |  Mumbai 

(Photo courtesy: Jet Airways)
(Photo courtesy: Jet Airways)

domestic pilots' body NAG will convene a meeting on Wednesday to chart out an "action plan" following the questioning of some of its members by the Police over the alleged posting of obscene messages on a WhatsApp group.

The National Aviator's Guild (NAG), which claims representation of around 1,000 of the 1,500 pilots, would also coordinate with the two pilot unions of government-run and — over the issue, a Guild member said today.

Sources at the Guild said the emergency meeting would be held at tomorrow to chalk out its action plan following today's development.

"This is unprecedented as our members (pilots) were called by the for a meeting for some other issue and they had no idea that this was for something," the Guild member said.

In a rare move, aviation watchdog has filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, and GoAir for allegedly posting "obscene" messages on a WhatsApp group against its officials.

Acting on the complaint, Police today questioned 13 pilots, including those of

The member also said the pilots were questioned by the police even without any "preliminary inquiry" into the alleged complaint or a prior information to them about the complaint.

The Guild has taken up the issue with the airline management and it is waiting for its "response" as well, he added.

"The pilots have been called in for questioning on the basis of a complaint by the They have been called in for an inquiry," a senior police official said earlier in the day.

A official said some pilots from Jet Airways, IndiGo, and GoAir created a WhatsApp group and some content shared on it was "offensive and abusive".

The official also said that unconditional apology has come from the airlines' managements.

In a statement, said some of its pilots were called to record their statements by local authorities in response to a complaint.

"The matter is under investigation and we are therefore unable to comment further. will take appropriate measures where necessary, as per the company policy and in compliance with local law," the airline said.

First Published: Tue, June 06 2017. 22:28 IST