A 38-year-old woman pilot of a private airline has been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police for allegedly obtaining a pilot licence through forged documents.

The fraud came to light when an enquiry by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) into an incident of “hard landing” of an Indigo airline flight revealed that Captain Parminder Kaur Gulati had submitted forged documents to obtain Airlines Transport Pilot Licence (ALTP). The matter was reported to the police for further investigation.

Taking up investigation, the police found that Ms. Gulati had failed in the air navigation paper and did not take the radio aids and instruments paper but submitted a forged result card to DGCA on November 11, 2009, and obtained the licence.

Ms. Kaur procured the private pilot licence from Delhi Flying Club in 1997 and obtained the commercial pilot licence from the same club a year later. She joined Air Deccan airline as co-pilot in 2006.

A year later, she joined the Indigo airline on the same position. After she obtained the licence against forged documents two years ago, Ms. Gulati was promoted as Captain in Indigo airline.

Ms. Gulati was arrested on Tuesday.