New Delhi, July 16: The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended three pilots on Tuesday. Out of the three pilots, two belong to private carrier SpiceJet, whereas one belongs to national carrier Air India. The pilots were suspended for violating safety norms, reported ANI.
A senior official told news agency PTI that the two SpiceJets pilots suspended from duty will have their flying licenses suspended for six months. The action was taken against the SpiceJet pilots after an aircraft operated by them caused damage to the runway edge lights. The incident took place during landing at Kolkata airport. DGCA Grounds More Than 20 Pilots in July Over Aircraft Related Incidents and Violation of Norms.
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Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended three pilots today for violation of safety norms of aviation. Two pilots from SpiceJet & one from Air India have been suspended. One cabin crew of Air India was also suspended. pic.twitter.com/ALnHEGesDR
— ANI (@ANI) July 16, 2019
The suspensions are in relation to an incident that had taken place on July 2. The plane in question was a Pune-Kolkata flight.
The pilots have been identified as Aarati Gunasekaran and Saurabh Gulia, as reported by PTI. A senior official said that "further veering to right of runway centerline damaged runway edge lights."