Air India Dubai-Delhi flight incident | DGCA issues show cause notices to airline CEO, head of flight safety

A cabin crew member of the Air India flight had filed a complaint with the DGCA about the pilot allowing a female friend into the cockpit

April 30, 2023 02:55 pm | Updated May 01, 2023 08:35 am IST - Mumbai/New Delhi

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Mumbai/New Delhi

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show-cause notice to Air India CEO Campbell Wilson for the airline's lapses in reporting about the incident of a pilot allowing a woman friend inside the cockpit during a Dubai-Delhi flight on February 27, according to a senior official.

A show-cause notice has also been issued to the Tata Group-owned airline's Head of Safety, Security and Quality Functions Henry Donohoe.

Also read: Air India pilot allowed female friend into cockpit; DGCA, airline order separate probes

A cabin crew member had filed a complaint with the DGCA about the pilot allowing a woman friend into the cockpit. The notices were issued to the Air India CEO and the head of flight safety on April 21 for not doing timely reporting of the incident to the DGCA, which is in violation of the regulator's safety instructions, the senior official at the DGCA told PTI on Sunday.

Besides, there was a delay in investigating the incident. Both the executives have been given 15 days to respond to the notices, the official said.

There was no immediate comment from Air India. According to sources, “the actual incident occurred on February 27 and it was reported by confidential mail to Mr. Campbell and Mr. Donohoe on March 3. The first enquiry was conducted by the DGCA on April 21 while Air India had not done any enquiry before that.”

Earlier this month, DGCA directed Air India to deroster the entire crew of the Dubai-Delhi flight till investigations were complete. On April 21, the airline said it had taken serious note of the reported incident and that investigations were under way. Unauthorised people are not allowed to enter the cockpit and any such entry could be a violation of norms.


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