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Pilot's licence suspension over passenger incident 'excessive': Air India

The regulator also suspended the licence of the pilot-in-command on the New York-New Delhi flight for three months

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Air India | Civil Aviation | Tata group

Reuters  |  NEW DELHI 



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NEW DELHI (Reuters) -Tata Group's said on Tuesday the recent suspension of a pilot's licence by the aviation regulator was "excessive" after a passenger behaved in an unruly manner onboard one of its flights.

The Directorate General of last week fined the airline 3 million rupees ($36,774) over its handling of the incident on a Nov. 25 flight in which a male passenger, while apparently inebriated, allegedly urinated on a female co-passenger.

The regulator also suspended the licence of the pilot-in-command on the New York-New Delhi flight for three months.

said the matter should have been classified and reported as unruly behaviour by a passenger, but the flight crew and ground staff did not report it as such.

" wishes to acknowledge the good faith efforts made by crew to handle the situation effectively in real time, when not all facts were available," it said in a statement, adding that it deemed "the licence suspension of the commander excessive and will be assisting him with an appeal".

($1 = 81.5780 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Tanvi Mehta; Editing by Krishna N. Das)

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)


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First Published: Tue, January 24 2023. 21:13 IST

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