2 Pilots Fired for Bizarre Fight in Cockpit

Male pilot allegedly slapped female co-pilot
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 11, 2018 2:08 AM CST
2 Pilots Fired for Fighting in Cockpit
Jet Airways aircraft stand on the tarmac at the Santacruz domestic airport terminal in Mumbai, India.   (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

An Indian airline says it has fired two pilots who reportedly fought in the cockpit, with the man allegedly slapping the woman during the New Year's Day flight from London to Mumbai. Jet Airways said in a statement that it "has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect," the AP reports. The company has released no further details.

Indian media have reported the male pilot slapped his female co-pilot during an argument in the cockpit of the Boeing 777, and that she emerged crying and for a time refused to return to the cockpit. Sources tell the Times of India that the cockpit was briefly left unattended when the male pilot left to try to persuade the female pilot to return. The flight, which was carrying 324 passengers and 14 crew members, landed safely. (More Jet Airways stories.)

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