Mid-air brawl on London-Mumbai flight: Jet Airways sacks two pilots

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Jet Airways on Tuesday sacked its two pilots, who were involved in a mid-air brawl on a London-Mumbai flight on 1 January this year.

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The airline said in a statement, “Consequent to the review of the events on board Flight 9W 119 London-Mumbai of January 1, 2018, Jet Airways has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect,”

According to reports, the pilots had fought moments before the flight was to take off forcing the female co-pilot to storm out of the cockpit in tears. She was later persuaded to fly with her male colleague.

The Cabin crew later said that the senior pilot kept buzzing for the female co-pilot but she refused to return forcing him to storm out of the cockpit. Both pilots were said to be in a relationship when the brawl happened.

A Jet Airways spokesperson had said that the fight was due to a ‘misunderstanding.’

“Misunderstanding occurred between cockpit crew of Jet Airways flight, London–Mumbai on 1 Jan. It was resolved amicably and flight continued its journey to Mumbai. The incident was reported to the DGCA and the concerned crew were de-rostered pending an internal investigation, that has been initiated,” Jet Airways had said in a statement.

It had also grounded both the pilots pending investigation while also informing the DGCA about the incident.

The flight had 324 guests including two infants and 14 crew as it continued its journey to Mumbai. For few moments the flight was on auto pilot mode, said the crew to Jet Airways officials during the investigation, according to sources.

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