29-Mar-2011 12:11 PM

IndiGo grounds pilot in relation to fake licences

IndiGo grounded a new pilot, who has been under surveillance by investigation agencies related to fake licence concerns in India, and issued a show-cause notice to him (PTI, 28-Mar-2011). The carrier maintains that the pilot has "never flown for IndiGo to date" and only joined the carrier six weeks ago. The pilot had been "absconding for a week or so" after that, according to IndiGo. Four persons, including a senior official of the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and a pilot, have been arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police in connection with the fake pilots scam. IndiGo has established a team of senior executives to work on the fake licence issue and “we are reviewing all our internal records and providing them to the DGCA to help them with their investigation”.