Two pilots who reportedly fought and briefly left the cockpit unmanned during a New
Year’s Day flight from London to Mumbai have both been fired by an Indian airline
The step was taking after Jet Airways investigated the allegations of a male pilot who
slapped his female colleague during a heated argument when the plane was mid-air
carrying 324 passengers.
The quarrel reportedly led the female pilot to leave the cockpit in tears and she had to
be persuaded to go back in by cabin crew. And the male pilot at some point also left
the cockpit, leaving the controls briefly unattended, according to local media reports.
“Consequent to the review of the events… Jet Airways has terminated services of both
the cockpit crew with immediate effect,” Jet said in a statement.
The two pilots were grounded last week over the altercation, which Jet had described
as a “misunderstanding” that was “quickly resolved amicably”.
The flight departed London around 1000 GMT on Monday and arrived in India’s
financial capital on schedule around nine hours later at midnight local time