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Jet male commander slaps female peer, both grounded

Mumbai, Jan 3 (PTI): Jet Airways has grounded two of its senior pilots following a mid-air brawl on a London-Mumbai flight on January 1, in which the male commander allegedly slapped his female counterpart.

The incident took place this Monday, when the aircraft was in over the Iran-Pakistan airspace, and was 2.45 hours away from its destination, an airline source said.

When contacted, a Jet Airways spokesperson said there was a "misunderstanding" between the cockpit crew and the same was "resolved amicably" and "quickly".

"A misunderstanding occurred between the cockpit crew of 9W119 London-Mumbai flight on January 1. However, the same was quickly resolved amicably and the flight with 324 guests including two infants and 14 crew members completed its journey in Mumbai safely," the airline spokesperson said.

However, the source alleged that the male pilot who has been working with the airline for over a decade had some "argument" with the female commander over some issues.

The source said these two senior pilots have been flying together for many years and have had arguments in the past as well. But that on the Monday flight, arguments turned violent and he slapped her, after which she came out of the cabin crying, the source alleged.

"The cabin crew persuaded her to go back to the cockpit but she refused. Following this, the male pilot came out of the cockpit, leaving the operations to the care of a cabin crew (which is a violation of flight safety norms) and persuaded her to return to the cockpit," the source said.

The airline has reported the matter to the DGCA and the pilots involved in the incident have been taken off duties pending investigation that is underway, the airline spokesperson said.

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  • Robin, Byndoor

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    Both are serving together for many years.... Male Pilot should be checked thoroughly. At the same time MAN will go wrong when his Gentlemanness (PURUSHATWA)- is at stake. After all he is the Commander. We can't deny it. He will not get a slapping chance at ground as security is there at Airport. He did it at a nice place.
    I know how difficult it is to slap at home..... (There are team to support --- Daughter, Father-in-Law, Mom-According-to-Law, Brother-Under-Law, Sister-Over-Law etc...)

    (Angry comments Welcome...) Happy New Year to Pi-Lots....

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  • Vincent Rodrigues, Bengaluru/Katapadi

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    This is a quite dangerous trend if spread other places where male and female are working as staff togather

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  • Raghavendra M K, Mumbai Maharashtra

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    Indian mentality at space.

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  • Bhandara, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    So true.....this is our Indian culture...demeaning and ill treatment of women (of all ages) is very very common in our culture

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    First time in 70 Years ...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Thu, Jan 4 2018

    New year has begonnen for both with bad future.Both had acted as children.Instead of argueing in air and fighting,should have waited till they land safely and one made it to the other still worse.Forgot himself what he is and doing,slapped female personal,which he should have not done at any rate.later coming out of cabine with no responsible person at cockpit ,again not allowed.His copartnerin should have too hold back arguements in air and complained to the tower or management first before refusing back to go cabin.Both have failed in their responsibility.Pilot have to answer many things,and female too must bear consequences .Thank God passengers landed safe.Fight in air is not recommndedbut in Arena.

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  • Swamy, Mangalore

    Wed, Jan 3 2018

    Justice will be served with clean chit to whoever is the member of Moral Police irrespective of charges and guilty.

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