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Air India pilot held guilty, Jet let off

india Updated: Jun 02, 2009 01:10 IST
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The preliminary report, in a near-miss incident at the Mumbai airport on May 31, has found the Air India pilot to be at fault.

The Jet Airways pilot was given a clean chit.

The Air India and Jet Airways aircraft carrying 220 passengers had a narrow escape after the two came dangerously close to each other due to a communication goof-up.

Nasim Zaidi, director-general of civil aviation said that there was ‘no outcome as yet’. He, however, did not comment on when the probe is expected to be over or what action is likely to be taken against the errant pilot.

Sources in Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) told Hindustan Times that the Air India pilot started rolling without take-off clearance. Adding that the pilot, identified as Captain Rustom Palia, was called at the DGCA office in Kalina. They did not summon the Jet Airways pilot.

DGCA officials heard the excerpts from the cockpit voice recorder for one-and-half-hour and interrogated Palia.

“At no point did the controller give him take off clearance. He misread the instructions and began taxing on his own,” said a DGCA official requesting anonymity, as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

The excerpts also revealed that at 7:56 am take off clearance was given to the Jet airways flight 615. “The only conversation between the controller and Air India pilot was stop…stop…. abort take off,” said the source.

Even the Jet Airways pilot heard the instructions and braked as a precautionary measure.

Subsequently, the report was sent to the DGCA headquarters in Delhi at 3 pm.

Despite several attempts the Air India spokesperson Jitendra Bhargava could not be contacted.