DGCA goes to police against 'abusive' pilots

The pilots working with four airlines at for using "filthy and abusive language", the Delhi Police Tuesday questioned 34 pilots in connection with the issue.

When asked about the incident involving the pilots and the DGCA, Sinha said it was "unfortunate".

Earlier today, as many as 10 pilots of the Jet Airways have been kept out of flying duties, and their mistake - quoting incorrectly the designation of a senior DGCA official in a communique.

He is said to have taken offence to this and replied to these pilots, questioning their mental alertness and rebuking them for not getting his designation right.

The 34 pilots are part of a WhatsApp group that was allegedly circulating messages with Hindi expletives against a joint DG.

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. Later, some pilots who had addressed him wrongly sent him another mail, which started with an "unconditional apology" for getting his designation wrong.

Pilots of Indian carriers are up in arms against a draft civil aviation requirement (CAR) of DGCA that proposes to double notice period of commanders to a year.

The DGCA has reportedly also submitted screenshots of WhatsApp conversations in which the pilots allegedly used bad language while attacking the regulator over the de-rostering of some of their colleagues.

DGCA's joint director general Lalit Gupta made the complaint after he came to know that some pilots abused him on their WhatsApp group, according to IE report. "The text of the message was highly objectionable, unpardonable and obscene language was used against family members of DGCA officials", said a senior DGCA official, on the condition of anonymity. "The airline is extending its full cooperation to the authorities".

"We have received a complaint by DGCA and are examining the matter".

IndiGo said it "was looking into the charges and extending cooperation to DGCA".

Officials from Jet Airways confirmed that a few of its cockpit crew were called to record their statements. Denying to comment further due to a pending enquiry in the matter, the airlines said that it will take appropriate measures as per company policy, and in compliance with the law.

  • Arturo Norris