Union Minister Jayant Sinha today said regulators and pilots should be working together in a “very collaborative manner”, amid DGCA complaining to the police against some pilots. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has filed a police complaint against 34 pilots of Jet Airways, IndiGo, SpiceJet and GoAir for allegedly posting “obscene” messages on a WhatsApp group against officials at the regulator. Following the complaint, Delhi Police today questioned 13 pilots. When asked about the incident involving the pilots and the DGCA, Sinha said it was “unfortunate”. “It is obviously quiet distressing that (such) kind of language has been used and of course, we are hoping that… cooler minds will prevail and the matter will settle down,” the Minister of State for Civil Aviation said. “We obviously want our regulators and our pilots to be working together in a very collaborative and cooperative manner,” he told reporters on the sidelines of an event here. In its reaction, Jet Airways domestic pilots’ body NAG will convene a meeting tomorrow to chart out an “action plan” following the questioning of some of its members by the Delhi Police. The National Aviator’s Guild (NAG), which claims representation of around 1,000 of the Jet Airways 1,500 pilots, would also coordinate with the two pilot unions of government-run Air India — ICPA and IPG — over the issue, a Guild member said today.
A Jet Airways spokesperson said that a few of its cockpit crew were called to record their statements by local authorities in response to a complaint and the airline is extending its full cooperation to the authorities.”The matter is under investigation and we are therefore unable to comment further. Jet Airways will take appropriate measures where necessary, as per the company policy and in compliance with local law,” the spokesperson said. An IndiGo spokesperson said appropriate action would be taken after an internal enquiry into the matter. “We are looking into the charges and extending full cooperation to the DGCA in this matter. Basis the findings of our internal enquiry, we will take appropriate action,” he said.