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India orders Jet Airways to suspend pilots after mid-air dive

Published on Aug 14, 2014 4:43 PM
 
A Jet Airways passenger plane moves along the tarmac at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel international airport in the western Indian city of Ahmedabad on April 24, 2013. India's civil aviation regulator said it has ordered Jet Airways to suspend two pilots after a flight to Brussels dived 5,000 feet, forcing air traffic controllers to issue an emergency warning. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's civil aviation regulator said Thursday it has ordered Jet Airways to suspend two pilots after a flight to Brussels dived 5,000 feet, forcing air traffic controllers to issue an emergency warning.

The Times of India said the captain was on a scheduled rest break when the plane dropped almost 5,000 feet (1,500 m) over Turkey, putting it at an altitude assigned to another aircraft.

Air traffic controllers in Ankara had to issue an emergency warning to the co-pilot on duty, who the paper said "did not notice that the aircraft had lost altitude" because she was using her tablet computer at the time.

The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said it had summoned the captain and co-pilot for questioning over what it called a "serious incident" during the flight from Mumbai to Brussels last Friday.

 
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