The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has fined Air India ₹30 lakh for allowing a woman friend of a pilot into the cockpit during a Delhi-Dubai flight in violation of safety norms. The incident took place on February 27, when the pilot of the Air India flight AI 915 allowed his woman friend into the cockpit while the plane was in the air.
The woman was reportedly a cabin crew member of another airline. The DGCA has found that the pilot violated safety norms by allowing an unauthorized person into the cockpit. The regulator has also found that Air India did not take any action against the pilot even after being informed about the incident. The DGCA has imposed a fine of ₹30 lakh on Air India for not addressing the safety related incident promptly and effectively.
The regulator has also warned Air India of further action if such incidents are repeated. This is not the first time that Air India has been found violating safety norms. In 2019, the DGCA had imposed a fine of ₹10 lakh on the airline for allowing a non-pilot to sit in the cockpit during a flight. The DGCA has taken a tough stance against Air India for violating safety norms.
The regulator has imposed a hefty fine on the airline and has also warned of further action. This is a clear message from the DGCA that it will not tolerate any violations of safety norms. Air India has accepted the DGCA’s ruling and has said that it will take steps to ensure that such incidents do not happen again.
The airline has also said that it will take disciplinary action against the pilot who violated safety norms. The DGCA’s action against Air India is a welcome step. It sends a strong message to all airlines that they will be held accountable for any violations of safety norms. This will help to ensure that the safety of passengers is not compromised.