/DGCA suspends IndiGo pilot for three months for intimidating senior citizen

DGCA suspends IndiGo pilot for three months for intimidating senior citizen

Aviation regulator DGCA on Monday suspended an IndiGo captain for 3 months for “intimidating and threatening” a wheelchair-bound senior citizen in a Chennai-Bengaluru flight on January 13, an official mentioned.

Throughout investigation, it was discovered that the pilot-in-command “insisted” on an apology letter from the passengers — the senior citizen and her daughter — which additional delayed the matter, detaining them for roughly 75 minutes after the deboarding started on the Bengaluru airport.

“It was established that the pilot-in-command’s angle in the direction of the wheelchair-bound senior citizen passenger was intimidating, threatening and lacked compassion. The DGCA has suspended his license for a interval of three months,” the official added.

Unbiased journalist Supriya Unni Nair, who had requested for a wheelchair for her 75-year-old mom after touchdown in Bengaluru on January 13 night time, had narrated the incident in a number of tweets.

In line with Nair’s tweets, the cabin crew said that they don’t have entry to wheelchair help.

Seeing the commotion on this subject, the pilot-in-command got here in between, misbehaving and threatening Nair and her mom with jail, Nair had mentioned.

Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri wrote on Twitter on January 14, “I requested my workplace to contact IndiGo as quickly as I noticed the tweet by Ms Supriya Unni Nair in regards to the pilot’s behaviour together with her & her 75 12 months previous mom in want of wheelchair help.”

“The airline has knowledgeable Ministry of Civil Aviation that the pilot has been off-rostered pending full enquiry,” he added.

On Monday, the DGCA official mentioned their investigation discovered that the captain threatened Nair and her mom by saying they are going to be handed over to the CISF and a police case shall be registered towards them for “unruly behaviour”.

“The pilot exhibited aggression in the direction of the woman passengers in his dealings whereas disregarding the truth that the aged passenger required wheelchair help,” the official added.

The investigation discovered that the captain’s actions led to “avoidable detention” of a wheelchair-bound passenger.

“He exhibited lack of capability in managing menace and error state of affairs, particularly when he was to function one other business flight after a brief period,” the official added.

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