Jet Airways Sacks 2 Pilots After Mid-Air Fight And Slap Inside Cockpit

New Delhi:  Jet Airways has sacked two senior pilots who were caught in a brawl mid-air, while on duty on January 1, the airline said in a statement today. The captain allegedly slapped his woman co-pilot who, airline sources said, was seen rushing out of the cockpit in tears on a London-Mumbai flight. According to the crew members’ statement, the pilot slapped his co-pilot in the cockpit after a heated argument.

“Consequent to the review of the events on board Flight 9W 119 London-Mumbai of January 1, 2018, Jet Airways has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect,” a Jet Airways spokesperson said in a statement today.

While the airline had already grounded the two pilots following the episode, aviation regulator DGCA had suspended the flying licence of the pilot who allegedly slapped the co-pilot.The mid-air fight prompted Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapati Raju to inform the the Lok Sabha last week that a probe has been ordered into the incident.

Days after the alleged brawl, a Jet Airways spokesperson said it was a case of “misunderstanding” between the cockpit crew which was “resolved amicably” and “the flight with 324 guests including 2 infants and 14 crew continued its journey to Mumbai, landing safely”. The pilot and the co-pilot are said to be in a relationship.

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