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#1 Hum

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 00:37

An Air India pilot has been suspended following claims that he and his co-pilot put more than 160 passengers at risk by leaving two female cabin attendants in charge of their airliner while they slept in business class seats.

They were only forced to return 40 minutes later when the attendants accidentally switched off the plane's auto-pilot switch, according to the claims.

The alleged incident happened at 33,000 feet during an Air India flight from Bangkok to Delhi last month. It follows a series of serious concerns over air safety in India.

Earlier this year an Indian Airlines pilot was discovered to be drunk shortly before he was due to fly a passenger aircraft. In 2010 a number of Indian pilots were found to have fake licenses, while in March this year a UN report said India was among the worst 13 countries on the world for air safety.

According to this latest complaint, the Air India co-pilot had asked one of the attendants to sit in his seat while he went to the bathroom, and shortly after the pilot asked another female attendant to take his seat while he left the cockpit to sleep.

Following the complaints, Air India launched an inquiry into the incident and suspended the pilot.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:29

Well nothing serious happened, so no harm no foul? "P

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:55

Well nothing serious happened, so no harm no foul? "P

LOL! You wouldn't say that if you were a passenger on the plane! :p

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 01:59

Good idea. Better than falling asleep at the wheel.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 14:18

What next -- let passengers fly the jet ... ? :p

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 14:28

Being a regular passenger in Air India, i have to say this news doesn't surprise me.

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Posted 06 May 2013 - 14:31

I would imagine this on a long distance flight. But from Bangkok to Delhi?

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 02:15

LOL! You wouldn't say that if you were a passenger on the plane! :p


I'd be screaming where is my lawyer. :D

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Posted 07 May 2013 - 12:54

you can tell, if the plane will goes into air turbulance but nothing announced that it gonna happens from the 'pilot'.