The two Indian pilots suspended who joined in pre-planned airline publicity stunt leaving flight in endanger.
On the 17th March the pilot and first officer of Spice Jet airlines flight were suspended after the first officer of the plane left the cockpit to record the cabin crew’s choreographed Bollywood dance on his mobile.
On the occasion of Holi the festival of colour, the flight attendance danced in the aircraft’s centre aisle where flight was flying at the height of 35,000 feet.
The flight took off from Goa to Bangalore. The video which capture the four Spice jet crew members dancing in the Bollywood hot song “Balam Pichkari” was uploaded on YouTube. The 3 minute long video was recorded by first officer from the cell phone near the cockpit door.
India’s aviation regulator threatened to suspend the airline’s license saying pilots had endangered aircraft safety and created an “unruly environment”. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation sent a notice to Spice Jet saying the “cabin crew’s acts had drawn the attention of other crew on duty, thus reducing their preparedness/alertness.”
The Directorate added “The frequent movement of the dancing crew may affect the aircraft’s centre of gravity flight and created turbulence.” According to the source the pilot did not leave the cockpit but as the officer in charge, he permitted the first officer to leave to film the dancing. There is report that the first officer and the pilot been suspended for an infinite term by the airline.
May be the performance was to dedicate and to make memorable to the passengers but which may affect the life of the passengers and crew members too.
While the whole world is concerned for the missing Malaysian airline flight MH370 which disappeared from 8th march this type of immaturity definitely need attention.
Info: Sajhilo Nepali Magazine