AI engineers protest assault on colleague, pilot derostered

Written by | January 17, 2015 | 0

Chennai: Air India engineers staged protest at the Chennai Airport today against the alleged assault on their colleague by the airline pilot, inside the cockpit.

Engineers demanded stern action against the erring pilot and also sought a police case against him.

Air India pilot who attacked the engineer has been derostered by the airline management.

“The commander (pilot) of the flight has been taken off the roster. The incident is being investigated by the management,” confirmed an Air India Spokesperson to PTI.

Air India spokesperson also added that the authorities have ordered an inquiry into the altercation.

The Paris bound flight, with 122 passengers on board, was delayed for about 2 hours and it flied only after another pilot replaced the one involved in incident.

The Air India flight AI 143 from Chennai to Paris was grounded for over two hours today after the pilot allegedly assaulted a flight engineer in the cockpit.

According to the reports, the pilot Manicklal and the engineer Kannan had an argument inside the cockpit following which former  assaulted the latter.Kannan was bleeding from the nose and was taken to a hospital.

The pilot Manicklal, who had locked himself up inside the cockpit, was taken for medical examination.

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