IndiGo Pilot Suspended For Abusing, Threatening Passenger In Wheelchair

The altercation occurred on a Chennai-Bengaluru IndiGo flight.

Highlights

  • Pilot threatened passenger after she sought wheelchair for elderly mother
  • DGCA said the pilot had misused his authority by targeting the passengers
  • Pilot Jayakrishna’s flying licence has been suspended for three months

New Delhi:

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended an IndiGo pilot accused for threatening a woman and her elderly mother over providing wheelchair assistance on a Chennai-Bengaluru flight last month. The decision was taken after examining the pilot’s response to a show cause notice issued soon after the incident. 

“An investigation has revealed that the pilot in command misused his authority by intimidating and threatening the wheelchair-bound passenger and her attendant by saying that they will be handed over to the CISF and a police case will be registered against them for unruly behaviour,” a release issued by the aviation regulator read. The pilot’s flying licence has been suspended for a period of three months, it added.

On January 14, the pilot — identified as Jayakrishna — had allegedly verbally abused a journalist who sought wheelchair assistance for her 75-year-old mother, even threatening to get her detained for the night. “We will teach you some manners… will ensure you are detained and spend a night in jail,” he allegedly told the complainant, identified as Supriya Unni Nair.

Ms Nair described the disturbing incident in a series…

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