In its first hiring exercise for pilots since the Germanwings incident of March, national carrier Air India (AI) sought the services of a psychologist. And of the nearly 60 candidates who were rejected, some 20 lost out on account of “psychological” reasons, sources told HT.
When contacted, AI said “bifurcated figures” on the reasons for rejection were not available.
The list of 78 selected candidates was released by the national carrier on Wednesday.
“Bifurcated figures are not available on the reasons why candidates were rejected,” AI spokesperson said. Sources told HT that a number of candidates had been rejected on the basis of their “psychological assessment” by the selection board.
In March, the co-pilot of a Germanwings aircraft deliberately crashed his Airbus plane with 149 onboard, killing everyone. He was later discovered to have been suffering from psychological issues for several years.
“Indian aviation has awakened to the need of doing psychological analysis of the pilot and AI has taken a lead in this process,” an official said.
AI had on February 25 advertised for 197 vacancies for the post of senior trainee pilots for its A320 fleet. The selection process was divided into two parts. The first part was the simulator proficiency assessment check and about 160 candidates were interviewed by a selection board.
“The selection board comprised of three external experts out of whom one was a psychologist from the Indian Air Force,” AI said.
“All the candidates who have been found suitable by the selection board, which includes the psychologist, and taking into account the marks obtained both in SPAC and personal interview, have been empanelled for the post of senior trainee pilots,” it said.