Mumbai: Captain SPS Suri was suspended by DGCA pending inquiry for allegedly trying to bury an episode of turbulence on a flight. But he travelled as operational crewmember for another flight on August 1, in violation of aviation and immigration guidelines. An inquiry against him for alleged contravention of rules has apparently failed to stop this Air India pilot from flouting a few more.
MiD DAY had reported on July 24 (Maharaja of cover-ups) that there was massive turbulence aboard AI 348 Delhi-Shanghai on July 5, leading to damage to the plane and injuries to passengers, and that the pilot, Captain SPS Suri, allegedly did not brief the company or aviation regulator about the episode and instead ordered crewmembers to stay mum. On July 30, MiD DAY had also published the traumatic experiences of several commuters (I was tossed up against the planes roof). Captain Suri had been de-rostered by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) pending inquiry, which is still in progress.
However, documents available with MiD DAY reveal that the pilot in question travelled as operational crewmember for flight AI 995 Delhi-Dubai on August 1, which is a violation of aviation and immigration guidelines, said top civil aviation ministry functionaries. The General Declaration (GD) for the Delhi-Dubai flight comprises nine names " six cabin crewmembers and three pilots, including Captain Suri, slotted as SOD (staff on duty).
03:47 PM, Aug 07, 2012