Air India’s Cockpit Drama: Co-Pilot beats Captain

Major Airlines are raising aviation safety concerns over pilots’ state of mental health, after an Air India aircraft’s cockpit witnessed some stressed controversial scenes between the captain of AI 611 and his co-pilot at Jaipur-New Delhi flight on Sunday evening.

Different news source reports that the co-pilot abused and beat up the captain but the Air India spokesman said that “there was an argument between the two and nothing more.” Both pilots have been taken off from their flying duty.

The captain has reportedly told AI that he would not like to fly with the co-pilot again, who has allegedly misbehaves with some other commander in the past too. According to the captain “He told his co-pilot to take down critical take off figures for the flight. The tasks involves writing critical facts like number of passengers on board, takeoff weight and fuel uptake on a small paper card (trim sheet) that is displayed in front of the pilots for the entire duration of the flight. The co-pilot took offense at this.

“In the larger interest of the airline”, the commander decided to go ahead with the flight and flew to Delhi. The normal procedure would have been to report this incident in Jaipur but that would have led to the flight being cancelled and passengers being left stranded. The captain has given a detailed log of what happened on the flight to the airline operation and dispatch units.

The incident raises serious questions about flight safety, especially in the wake of the German-wings air disaster in which the ‘suicidal’ co-pilot allegedly crashed the plane consciously.

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