The Federation of Indian Pilots on Wednesday wrote to Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia against the indiscriminate exercise of powers by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation in canceling pilots’ licences. DGCA recently revoked the pilot’s license. Indian water New York-New Delhi flight where Shankar Mishra drunkenly urinated on an elderly woman. The DGCA’s reaction has been knee-jerk, triggered by sensational media reports, with the pilot’s body asking why the DGCA did not conduct its own independent inquiry into the incident.
“The basic principle of presumption of innocence of a pilot until proven beyond reasonable doubt has been ignored by the DGCA,” the pilots’ body wrote.
It said that while the pilot has been punished, the responsible manager of the same organization has been spared.
“Pilots, henceforth, fear of being reprimanded by the DGCA and accused of not performing their duties as per the irregular passenger rules, against passengers lodging FIRs on flimsy pretexts. will not hesitate to exercise their legal authority to stop and unload,” the letter said.
“This is definitely not the type of work environment that is guaranteed in a customer-centric and service-oriented industry,” he added.
Apart from the penalty of ₹30 lakh, the DGCA suspended the pilot’s license and imposed a fine separately. ₹3 lakh on Air India’s director of in-flight services in connection with the Shankar Mishra case. Air India has been fined separately for a second incident of urinating on a flight from Paris to New Delhi. Amidst these successive events, Air India changed course. In-flight alcohol service.
However, K The revocation of the pilot’s license was marked as an abuse. by several unions and by Air India itself. Air India has assured support to the pilot in his appeal against license cancellation. A joint forum of six unions on Tuesday appealed to the DGCA to revoke the license suspension.
Shankar Mishra was not given excessive alcohol. was calm and cooperative’
In its final report, Air India said that Shankar Mishra, the accused in the case, was not given excessive alcohol and did not appear to be intoxicated by the crew. The crew didn’t even consider him a flight risk. When confronted about the charge of urinating on him, he appeared calm, cooperative and said he did not know. There was no witness to the act and hence the staff took the complaint at face value and the matter was not registered as a case of irregularity.
“Air India would like to acknowledge the good faith efforts of the crew to effectively manage the situation in real time when all the facts were not available. The actions of the cabin crew and that its criticism of the pilot was in the context that He was not given an upgrade,” the Air India statement said, noting the role of a fellow passenger in the entire incident.