Indian airline investigates pilot accused of slapping female co-pilot

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 04 January, 2018, 10:18pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 04 January, 2018, 10:18pm

India’s Jet Airways has ordered an investigation into reports that a senior pilot slapped a female co-pilot in the cockpit during a London to Mumbai flight this week.

The Press Trust of India news agency said that India’s civil aviation ministry has suspended the senior pilot’s flying licence.

The agency quoted an unnamed Jet Airways official as saying that the pilot allegedly attacked the co-pilot after an argument with her and she came out of the cabin crying.

A Jet Airways spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that a “misunderstanding” occurred between the cockpit crew but was quickly resolved and the flight continued without issue.

PTI said the senior pilot also left the cockpit twice in violation of safety norms, leading to the suspension of his licence.