Peegate: AI body mulls legal action over pilot suspension | India News – Times of India


MUMBAI: Air India pilots’ body IPG is considering legal recourse and other options, regarding aviation regulator DGCA suspending the licence of the pilot-in-command of the flight where a passenger allegedly urinated on a female co-passenger onboard last November.
A senior member of the Indian Pilots Guild (IPG), which represents the airline’s pilots who fly wide-body planes, said it will take up the issue of suspension of the pilot concerned strongly.
The urination incident happened onboard New York-Delhi flight on November 26, 2022 and it came to the notice of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) only on January 4.
For various violations, DGCA, on Friday, imposed a fine of Rs 30 lakh on Air India, Rs 3 lakh penalty on the airline’s director of in-flight services and suspended the licence of the pilot-in-command for three months.
“We are considering all options, including taking legal action for the pilot’s licence suspension. We are talking to our lawyers on the issue and will soon take a call,” the IPG member said.
The member claimed that the pilot concerned had acted very maturely. “It has all been reported to the company at that time. If after all of this you still think that the pilot has not acted, then we need to understand what you are talking about and why you find him at fault.”
The member also alleged that there is a lot of “pressure to find a scapegoat in the entire case.” There was no immediate comment from Air India. According to reports, Air India’s senior management was informed about the urination incident hours after the flight landed on November 26.

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