Senior Captain, ‘Capt. Vijay Lama’ of Nepal Airlines suspended; also terminated from Spokesperson duty

Posted on by Pinkey Rai

S. Sierra, Kathmandu

The Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN) has temporarily suspended the flying license and grounded Senior Captain Vijay Lama of Nepal Airlines stating the fact that Capt. Lama’s gesture towards the authority was not acceptable while he spoke to social media regarding the stoppage of Nepal Airlines flight to Dubai on Chaitra 19. Capt. Lama had recently taken over position of spokesperson in the airlines.

Likewise, Nepal Airlines had revoked the spokesperson duty of Capt. Lama from today referencing to the letter of CAAN and illustrating that a working pilot on a extra duty could be stressful and question to the safe operation of aircraft.

The ‘Flight Safety Department” had asked for an explanation letter from Capt. Lama after his 55 minutes interview regarding the case was aired in media and televisions. The explanation was claimed within 7 days and now the authority has grounded him stating that his explanation letter is not satisfactorily illustrating all the facts and intensions.

The CAAN had challenged to revoke the ‘Flight Crew’ (Pilot) license of Capt. Lama if he still failed to present the satisfactory explanation to the authority as it is the sole authority to issue and regulate the crew license in Nepal. Also his gesture showed a major safety issue in flying safety as he expressed his exhausted and stressed feelings during the interview. In a response to which, Capt. Lama had forwarded a letter of explanation to the authority which the authority found not satisfactory.

It is indeed a matter of despair that one of the senior crew members from Nepal Airlines is facing this charge and adding more to the contradictory position of Nepal Airlines right now. This strict action from CAAN had really raised head to many individuals and many queries. But it seems that CAAN’s concern towards the safety and analysis of risk factors is appreciable, according to an official of the Airlines.

A proper explanation to the interview exposure of Capt. Lama however can conceal the case. So it has been supposed that Capt. Lama is expected to forward a letter of Apology and intensions to flight safety division of CAAN and resolve the issue as soon as possible.



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  1. Pradip Apr 30, 2019 at 12:10 pm -

    Nowhere around the world a serviceman can reply to an authority like the way ego driven Vijay has replied. His response to the letter by Government authority seems like he is replying an email to his younger brother or his colleagues. He seems to grow fat of ego in his blood that is for sure. The incident that took place at airport is a grave incident and could cause hundreds of thousands of dollars loss to a company if it occurred in other countries, many would lose their job, but here nothing of such happens. Authority has raised a valid point, may be procedure could have been more professional but its merely right, an incumbent pilot can not hold position of spokesperson of the same Airline just because he speaks fluent English and has influence over people in the company. Tomorrow if he does the mistake while flying and there was to be investigation and report to be published so he comes out and gives press release to mass about himself and his mistakes and findings? Are you for real guys? Is that not so lame joke? It is a valid point what government raised that dual role is not just right and needs to be looked at. I know aviation industry so closely, a flying pilot needs an adequate rest and constant check of their mental capabilities, if I were to fly I would never fly in an aircraft where captain also manages an office which is indulge in dispute, interrogation, investigation, political turmoil, argument with government, press and media releases etc that is a separate job altogether. It is seen in his letter where he mentions about his stress goes away when he is in uniform, is he Captain America or Superman? Is he serious to give such kiddish reasoning to an authority or government body? Although he mentioned in interviews that he is mentally tired of all these but even if he did not mention, we all know how tiring duties he has taken on himself in addition to his regular flights. In aviation if pilot reports that due to elevator sound or whatsoever he could not have enough sleep at night, he is deemed unfit to fly and next pilot is arranged, this is called safety and is the standard norm around the world. Everything is possible in Nepal, my God! Guys do not put emotional blindfold in your eyes and just run to support a bad case. Today you support him for your own moral reasons as one can guess, but tomorrow if the flights he flies gets serious accidents and death and fatalities occur, you will again go on the road stating government was incapable of assuring flight safety. Keep your emotion aside and support government for something good this time. They might be wrong on many things but this point is just plain valid point, Vijay challenges to show the law that prohibits him in taking dual role, if there is no law then we need to create the law because that is the right thing to do. If there is no law in constitution about peeing in neighbors door does not mean you go around and pee on their doors just because it is not mentioned in the constitution. It reminds me of one ad where one guy puts his new phone to burning oven and watch it damage and claims to factory it is not working, when factory asks him he should not have put the phone in hot oven, customer lamely claims, well then why factory did not write instruction about not to put in hot oven. You can write things about what to do but you can not always create exhaustive lists of all possible things that you are not supposed to do.