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Air India pilots suspended for handing control of plane for 40 minutes to Stewardesses

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Two Air India pilots put the lives of 166 passengers on a Bangkok-Delhi flight in danger by taking a 40-minute break from the cockpit and getting two stewardesses to operate the plane in their absence. Their stunt almost ended in disaster after one of the stewardesses accidentally turned off the auto-pilot, forcing the pilots to rush back to their seats. The incident took place 33,000 feet in the air on Air India flight AI 133 (an Airbus 321) from Bangkok to Delhi on April 12, which took off… (www.mumbaimirror.com) Daha Fazlası...

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mpradel
Marcus Pradel 8
Did both Pilots need to take time off? Now they have it..!
n7224e
BC Hadley 6
"Captain Soni did not leave the cockpit immediately; instead, he spent a few minutes teaching the two stewardesses how to operate the aircraft." I had no idea it was that easy to fly an Airbus.
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 3
The good Capt. more than likely provided good instruction on manipulating the joystick...
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 6
LOL.......unbelievable
bashdan
bashdan 3
When you have to pray, you have to pray.....I guess!
TorstenHoff
Torsten Hoff 3
They were merely suspended for that stunt?
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 2
Taking naps? They must have been drunk too!
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
That reminds me a good number of years ago, a fellow work mate went to pickup a 727 to bring it down to the gate. It was before TSA, so he took his girlfriend up and let her ride in the FO's seat. While taxing down, he told her she could drive using the yolk... To this day, she thinks she really taxied the plane.... And before anyone asks.. Yes she was Blonde... And it showed :)
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Those blondes!!!
TXCAVU
Hey! I resemble that remark.
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
I noticed (LOL)
CyranoSmith
CyranoSmith 2
Sounds like a Michael Crichton novel ...
sparkie624
sparkie624 2
That is a big no no... A number of years back a Russian Aeroflot Airbus 310, capt let his son handle the controls and caused a crash with all lives lost.

More details of this at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeroflot_Flight_593
chalet
chalet 2
Dragging both pilots añlong the main throughfares of Dehli or Bombay in broad daylight and then drump whatever if left of them in the nearest garbage pit would not be enough. Never will fly Air India again.
BrianNasset
Brian Nasset 2
And they wonder when I fly internatioanl I get nervous
HunterTS4
Toby Sharp 1
They were taking a hooka break
Av8nut
Michael Fuquay 1
I wonder what the stewardesses were wearing. Don't tell me that wasn't a factor.
WALLACE24
WALLACE24 1
Would have been safer to leave the cockpit empty and let the stews join in the nap.
genethemarine
Gene spanos 1
So much for Fly Quiet.......ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ
FedExCargoPilot
Shouldn't F/As have some knowledge of how to fly an airplane if they are allowed to sit so close to the controls? They might as well have asked for a private pilot if they needed a break.
sparkie624
sparkie624 1
Yes, but not during a revenue flight, and I understand the pilot left the flight deck.
joelwiley
joel wiley 1
Wouldn't have been a problem if they all hadn't canned the FE position.
kajunklu1
doug marshburn 1
Mile high club in reverse !
THRUSTT
THRUSTT 1
Well if management didn't give themselves big raises, and paid the pilots more, this wouldn't happen. More importantly these were hot Flight Attendants!!!
btweston
btweston 1
Pretty rad, if you ask me.
chalet
chalet 0
The age old principle aloft seems to have been observed here: the stews came to the cockpit and asked them pilots coffee, tea or me............ and then something happened (LIMAO!!!!).
joelwiley
joel wiley -2
Well, did the officers order the air-hostesses to take their positions? If so, I guess the defence "we were only following orders" isn't valid in the air.

I'd have thought Cpt Soni would have judged it a good idea to include in his instructions Don't flip that switch, it turns off the autopilot. But then, there are other reasons to question his judgement, I suppose. Although I wasn't there, who am I to judge?

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