AirAsia India sacks whistleblower pilot Gaurav Taneja

A day after aviation regulator DGCA issued a show cause notice to Manish Uppal, AirAsia India’s Head of Operations, the airline has sacked whistleblower pilot Gaurav Taneja. The move comes two weeks after Taneja, who runs a popular YouTube channel called Flying Beast, alleged violations of safety norms by the low-cost airline.

According to media reports, the pilot was sacked on June 26, days after he was suspended for publicly alleging safety violations at the airline. The action reportedly happened on disciplinary grounds, whereby the airline followed due procedure. Taneja, a popular Youtuber, tweeted on June 14 that he has been suspended by AirAsia India “for standing up for safe operations of an aircraft and its passengers”.

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