According to a report, during a London-to-Mumbai flight on New Year’s Day, a male pilot on Jet Airways slapped his female colleague sending her fleeing from the cockpit in tears.
The Jet Airways (whose slogan is “The Joy of Flying”) grounded the pilots after the fight. The fight occurred shortly after the Boeing 777 took off on its nine-hour flight with 324 passengers and 14 crew members aboard.
“The co-pilot slapped the lady commander and she left the cockpit in tears. She stood in the galley sobbing. The cabin crew tried to comfort her and send her back to the cockpit, but in vain,” a source said.
“The co-pilot also kept buzzing (calling from the intercom in the cockpit) the crew, asking them to send the second pilot back,” the source said.
The flight attendants were unable to get the woman back to the controls. When the co-pilot reportedly came out, leaving the cockpit empty in violation of safety rules,he was able to persuade her to return to duty.
“However, they had a fight for the second time following which she came out again. This time, the cabin crew was quite afraid of the fight happening in the cockpit,” the source said.
“They requested her to go to the cockpit and fly the plane safely to its destination.”
She finally returned to the cockpit after realizing that passengers were scared for their lives. The plane safely landed in Mumbai just after midnight Tuesday.
A Jet Airways spokesman described the sky-high drama as a “misunderstanding” that was resolved “amicably.”
The two pilots were grounded pending an internal investigation after Jet Airways reported the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation.
“At Jet Airways, the safety of guests, crew, and assets is of paramount importance and the airline has zero tolerance for any action of its employees that compromises safety,” the spokesman said.
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