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2 Air India pilots suspended for allowing an actress inside cockpit

First published: July 19, 2013, 11:22 AM IST | Updated: July 19, 2013
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2 Air India pilots suspended for allowing an actress inside cockpit
The incident was reported to Air India authorities by a government officer who was travelling on the same flight.

New Delhi: Two Air India pilots have been suspended for allowing Kannada actress Nithya Menon into the cockpit. The incident was reported to Air India authorities by a government officer who was travelling on the same flight.

In violation of the DGCA guidelines, the pilots, Jagan M Reddy and S Kiran, allowed Nithya into the cockpit, on the Bangalore-Hyderabad flight last month. While the actress's manager has denied travelling from Bangalore to Hyderabad in the last three months, reports say she did go for a shoot.

With quite a few such incidents coming to fore in the past months, the regulator is considering imposing harsher penalties on the cockpit crew, the sources said, adding that cockpit entry by a passenger is completely prohibited since the 9/11 terror strike.

In May, the pilot of an Air India flight from Delhi to Bangalore got locked out of the cockpit as the door got jammed, resulting in the co-pilot making an emergency landing in Bhopal. In April, two stewardesses were inside the cockpit for nearly 45 minutes as one of the two pilots had taken a long break.

(With additional information from PTI)

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