Air India pilot assaults engineer in cockpit, DGCA seeks report

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chennai
  • Updated: Jan 18, 2015 02:23 IST

An Air India pilot, who assaulted an engineer inside the cockpit of a flight at Chennai airport on Saturday morning, has reportedly been derostered and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has sought a report on the incident.

The fracas that occurred early in the morning delayed the Chennai-Delhi-Paris flight AI 143 by nearly five hours. The flight, however, took off with a new crew around noon after the delay.

The incident triggered a protest from the flight engineers and ground staff who rallied against the pilot. The engineer has reportedly filed an FIR against the pilot.

According to reports, the engineer started bleeding from the nose after the assault and was taken to a hospital. After the incident, the pilot allegedly locked himself up in the cockpit.

Air India said a formal complaint has been lodged with the DGCA and a detailed inquiry will be held.

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