Air India's 'unsound mind' co-pilot reportedly beats up captain inside cockpit

06 Apr , 2015 , 09:13 AM

In a major drama on Air India flight AI 611, a fight between the flight's captain and co-pilot sent passengers in panic on Sunday in Jaipur.

According to reports, some fist-fight between the two employees was witnessed by the passengers traveling on the flight.

Eyewitness revealed, “The commander told his co-pilot to take down critical take off figures, however, he took offense at this and reportedly beat up the captain."

The take-off figures involve writing critical facts like number of passengers on board, take-off weight and fuel uptake on a small card (trim sheet) that is displayed in front of the pilots for the entire duration of the flight.

Apparently, this was not the first time the co-pilot in question had faced similar charges.

He was charged for similar incident three years ago when he had asked the commander of a flight to come out of the cockpit.

In a daring attempt, he also removes the stars on his shirt collar (appulates) and fought with him.

A year later, another commander complained about his behaviour and questioned his state of mind.

However, the Air India spokesperson issued the statement that the issue is settled now.

The several incidents raises serious questions on Air India’s lax behaviour against its employees especially in wake of last month’s Germanwings Flight 9525 crash where the co-pilot was allegedly held responsible for killing 150 people after crashing it in the French Alps.

Reports have revealed that 27-year-old co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was of unsound mind.

First Published: Monday, April 06, 2015 09:08 [IST]
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