Mangalore: H S Ahluwalia, co-pilot of the
ill-fated Air India plane who perished in the air crash here,
could have become a Commander pilot by this month end enabling
him to fly a plane on his own.
Alhuwalia, who had 3,750 hours of flying experience, was
due for Commandership this month, Arvind Jadhav, Air India
Chairman and Managing Director, said.
"His death was a shock to us. He was not a raw pilot, an
untrained pilot. He was due for Commandership this month,"
Alhuwalia, who was based in Mangalore, also had 66
landings to his credit at Mangalore airport where the plane
overshot the runway and crashed, killing 158 on board. Eight
persons survived the crash yesterday.