Two pilots and eight crew members of a Jet Airways flight were suspended on Saturday after 15 passengers were injured during emergency evacuation following a suspected fire in the aircraft.
After a preliminary probe, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation indicated "serious procedural lapses" in the emergency procedures carried out by the cockpit and cabin crew, took them off duty and later suspended them.
The suspended include both the pilots, the commander, four cabin crew members and four additional cabin crew members.
"The preliminary fact-finding by the DGCA has indicated serious procedural lapses in dealing with the emergency and evacuation situation as per existing procedures laid down in aircraft rules and regulations, by the operating aircraft crew members of the Jet Airways flight 9W2302," a statement said.
Jet Airways, however, maintained that the crew of the Mumbai-Chennai flight "carried out the evacuation in accordance with standard operating procedures".