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Nose wheel landing: DGCA cancels woman pilot’s licence

PTI  Chennai, February 27, 2011
First Published: 23:10 IST(27/2/2011) | Last Updated: 23:11 IST(27/2/2011)

The licence of a woman pilot of no-frills airline IndiGo has been cancelled after she made a rough landing in Goa last month, endangering several lives. Investigators also found that she had allegedly faked papers to get her permit to fly.


“Yes, it (commercial pilot’s licence) has been cancelled. We will file a police complaint soon against the pilot, Parminder Kaur Gulati,” Directorate  General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) director general Bharat Bhushan said.

“DGCA will carry detailed probe to ensure that such things do not recur. We’ll take necessary steps accordingly,” he said.

DGCA sources said the pilot while flying the private Indigo airliner made a rough landing at Goa airport on January 11 using the nose wheel instead of the rear landing gear.

Investigations have revealed she used the wrong technique several times, sources said.

According to DGCA, to obtain airline transport pilot licence, one needs to fly 1,500 flying hours and also required to complete an examination.

The pilot while landing needs to use the aircraft’s rear wheels to touchdown as the nose wheel is not equipped to take the plane’s heavy weight.

DGCA would also probe whether any touts helped the pilot obtain the licence, sources said and added DGCA was also contemplating filing report against the pilot on two counts — of endangering passengers safety and fraud and forgery, but no decision has yet been taken.

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