Published On : Wed, Dec 7th, 2016

Flight controversy of TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee results in suspension of six pilots


New Delhi: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has suspended six pilots on December 6, 2016. These pilots had allegedly reported of fuel shortage when TMC head Mamata Banerjee was on board the flight 6E 342, from IndiGo, SpiceJet and Air India said a report in some media. According to some media sources, IndiGo Airlines had claimed that the pilots operating flight 6E 342 have been kept off flying duties till investigations and discussions with DGCA are complete.

Allegedly, the regulatory action was a ‘strict’ warning to airlines to refrain from cutting any corners, especially in winter when visibility is low, according to the media reports.

The inquiry conducted by the regulator was supported by the IndiGo Safety Department. The IndiGo airlines said that as an airline it always complies with the DGCA guidelines. According to the airline authorities, the IndiGo Captain had followed all SOPs as laid by the regulator and at no stage the captain declared a fuel priority or an emergency.

A private airline plane carrying the Bengal Chief Minister hovered for over half an hour in the city sky before landing at the NSCBI Airport in Kolkata on 30 November, prompting Trinamool Congress to allege that it was a conspiracy to eliminate the Party Supremo.

This is nothing but a conspiracy to kill our chief minister as she has raised voice against demonetization and is touring the country to organize a mass movement against the anti-people decision claimed Senior Trinamool Congress leader and State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, who was accompanying Banerjee in the flight. The issue was also later raised in the parliament, turning it into a political row.