Suspended pilot’s YouTube video puts AirAsia India under DGCA scanner

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show-cause notice to AirAsia India’s head of flight operation two weeks after one of its pilot alleged violations of safety norms by the low-cost carrier. Captain Gaurav Taneja, who runs the popular YouTube channel Flying Beast, on June 14 on his twitter handle said that he has been suspended by AirAsia India “for standing up for safe operations of an aircraft and its passengers”.

A PTI report on Sunday quoted DGCA officials saying: “A show cause notice has been issued to Manish Uppal, head of operations, AirAsia India, after the pilot’s allegations.”

AirAsia also confirmed receiving the DGCA notice. “We are assisting the regulator in its fact-finding process. We will fully cooperate with the regulator,” said the spokesperson of the airline, as reported by PTI.

Taneja on June 15 had posted a detailed video on YouTube titled “Reasons behind suspension from my pilot job”.

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