Six Unions appealed DGCA to lift the Pilot’s Licence Suspension, in the AI’s urination incident

The Captain of Air India’s flight from New York to Delhi had his licence suspended, and a joint forum of Six Unions appealed to the DGCA to lift the suspension.

There are Six Unions represented by the forum: the Indian Pilots Guild, the Indian Commercial Pilots Association, the Air Corporation Employees Union, the Air India Employees Union, the All India Cabin Crew Association, and the Airline Pilots Association of India.

The DGCA banned the PIC’s license for 3 months, fined Air India INR 30 lakh, and awarded INR 3 lakh to the director of the airline’s in-flight services

In relation to the urinating incident that occurred on November 26, 2022, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation this week banned the pilot’s licence for three months, fined Air India INR 30 lakh, and awarded INR 3 lakh to the director of the airline’s in-flight services.

Also read: DGCA fines Air India INR 30 lakh in urination case, pilot suspended for 3 months

The forum stated in a letter to the regulator that while there is a groundswell of “public pressure” for action, given the seriousness of the complainant’s allegations, it is necessary to evaluate the same in light of the Pilot-in-Command’s duties and responsibilities, among other things, and to evaluate the facts that were presented to the pilots and crew on the aforementioned flight.

The forum requested that the DGCA “withdraw the harsh punishment and suspension of the PIC,” citing a number of factors.

The forum requested that the DGCA “withdraw the harsh punishment and suspension of the PIC”

The letter also arrives on the same day that Air India announced that the internal investigation into the case has come to a conclusion and that it will support the flight’s PIC in an appeal against the DGCA’s suspension of his licence since the airline views the action as “excessive.”

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The letter claims that the PIC has administrative and judicial authority over the entire crew. In this context, it was said that the PIC had authorised all reports and had given the cabin supervisor the go-ahead to immediately forward all reports to the firm and its senior officials after landing in order to discuss the following course of action.

The PIC and his crew agreed that the passenger in seat 8C Mishra was not unruly and could not be categorised as such, as per the letter, given the real circumstances and the lack of any eyewitnesses.

The forum added that it had learned that the dispute had been resolved peacefully and independently by both sides.

“As per the CAR (Civil Aviation Requirements), the company’s senior officers had 12 hours to study all reports and report the matter ahead to the DGCA, and many more days to discuss the issue to file the FIR if they felt it was required.”


The forum claims that the DGCA’s news release also refers to the accused’s “alleged violation,” which by itself suggests that there is some uncertainty (legal or otherwise) as to whether the individual committed the act in question or not, or whether it has not yet been determined and confirmed. Police have detained Shankar Mishra, the alleged offender.

Police have detained Shankar Mishra, the alleged offender

The PIC, the cabin supervisor, and the crew on board AI-102 could not have branded Mishra as an unruly passenger, the forum wrote in the letter, even though it did not condone the alleged act due to a lack of evidence and eyewitnesses, numerous conflicting accounts heard on board, and Mishra’s polite and cooperative demeanour. It further stated that they had no need to constrain (Mishra) because he lacked any such characteristics.

“We respectfully advise that the implications of this order on the pilots, cabin crew and staff of all airlines nationwide are vast and will threaten the very fabric of civil aviation. This order must be crafted as a precedent-making opportunity.”

“Unfortunately, based on this order, crew and staff in uniform are henceforth expected to rigorously engage in warning, restraining and handing over likely innocent passengers merely based on ‘allegations of any nature’ or divert aircraft for the same purposes, rather than risk suspension.”


Source: ET