SpiceJet pilot who 'allowed air hostess to sit in the cockpit' has licence suspended

  • Incident took place on flight from Kolkata in India to Thai capital Bangkok 
  • SpiceJet fired the pilot. He's now investigated by Civil Aviation authorities
  • Authorities have suspended pilot's licence pending further investigation

A SpiceJet pilot has had his licence suspended following an investigation into the allegation that he allowed an air hostess to sit in the cockpit for a 'considerable time'.

The incident took place on board a flight from Kolkata in India to the Thai capital of Bangkok. The commander-level pilot then reportedly repeated his actions on the return flight.

While the air hostess was in the cockpit, the co-pilot was allegedly asked to leave by the pilot.

A SpiceJet pilot has had his licence suspended following an investigation into the allegation that he allowed an air hostess to sit in the cockpit for a 'considerable time'

A SpiceJet pilot has had his licence suspended following an investigation into the allegation that he allowed an air hostess to sit in the cockpit for a 'considerable time'

The incident, which took place on February 28, came to light after a complaint of sexual harassment was lodged according to The Financial Express.

In the report, a source was quoted claiming 'the incident would not have come to light if the pilot had not used abusive language with the cabin crew in charge'.

It is thought that the cabin crew in charge was the one who reported the sexual harassment. 

An internal complaint committee set up by the airline found him guilty of misconduct and of sexual harassment according to the report.

The incident took place on board a flight from Kolkata in India to the Thai capital of Bangkok. The commander-level pilot then reportedly repeated his actions on the return flight

The incident took place on board a flight from Kolkata in India to the Thai capital of Bangkok. The commander-level pilot then reportedly repeated his actions on the return flight

The pilot was fired by the airline on April 23 and the case was turned over to the Indian Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA).

He was reportedly investigated for both sexual harassment and flight safety breach. 

The DGCA announced on April 29 that it has decided to suspend the pilot's licence and the air hostess who allegedly sat in the cockpit according to The Indian Express.

An official from DGCA said: 'We have suspended the flying licence of the pilot, pending investigation. 

'We have also suspended the air hostess who was manning one of the right rear doors of the aircraft and sat with the commander in the cockpit for a good amount of time.' 

MailOnline Travel as contacted SpiceJet for comment. 

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