DGCA Imposes Rs 30 Lakh Fine on Air India in Urination Case, Suspends Pilot

DGCA Imposes Rs 30 Lakh Fine on Air India in Urination Case, Suspends Pilot

India's aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Friday, 20 January, said that it has imposed a penalty of Rs 30 lakh on Air India as well as suspended the license of the pilot-in-command of the New York-Delhi flight in which a person allegedly urinated on a female co-passenger.

The DGCA has also slapped a fine of Rs 3 lakh on Air India's Director of in-flight services for failing to discharge her duties.

The enforcement actions for violation of applicable norms come nearly two months after the incident, which took place on 26 November. It had come to the notice of the DGCA only on 4 January.

On Thursday, Air India also imposed a four-month flying ban on Mishra, who is currently in jail. Earlier, the airline had barred him from flying for 30 days.

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A "financial penalty of Rs 30,00,000 has been imposed on Air India for violation of applicable DGCA Civil Aviation Requirements (CAR)," the regulator said.

The watchdog added that the license of the pilot-in-command of the said flight has been suspended for three months for failing to discharge his duties as per Rule 141 of the Aircraft Rules, 1937 and applicable DGCA CAR.

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