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Aviation Regulator Probing AirAsia India After Pilot Alleges Violations

The aviation regulator is investigating AirAsia India after one of its pilots, who runs a popular YouTube channel called Flying Beast, alleged violations of safety norms by the low-cost airliner, senior DGCA officials said on Monday.

Gaurav Taneja tweeted on Sunday that he has been suspended by AirAsia India “for standing up for safe operations of an aircraft and its passengers”. On Monday, he posted a detailed video on YouTube titled “Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job”.

Mr Taneja alleged the airline has asked its pilots to do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, which allows it to save fuel. He said if a pilot does not do 98 per cent of landings in “Flap 3” mode, the airline considers it a violation of its standard operating procedure (SOP).

Flaps are part of wings of an aircraft and they are engaged to create a drag during a landing or a take off.

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