Zee Media Bureau
New Delhi: A captain and two air hostesses have been reportedly suspended by Air India after the three were found locked in the cockpit for a “prolonged period”.
A newspaper report said that the incident put the safety of 166 passengers on board in jeopardy as the auto-pilot button of the AI flight accidentally got `disconnected` mid-air when the female cabin crew members locked themselves in the cockpit.
The event came to light when a crew member disclosed the incident after the AI flight 133 from Bangkok landed in Delhi on April 12, the report said.
A recent rule makes it mandatory for two crew members to be present in the cockpit at all times to fill in case one of the pilots has to step out for a break.
Normally, a cabin crew member can stay in the cockpit for around 20 minutes and it is a violation of safety rules for air hostesses to be present in the cockpit for a longer duration of time, a DGCA official reportedly said.
An inquiry is being made into the incident for the reason behind the presence of air hostesses for a long duration in the cockpit, the report states.