It looks like Jet Airways flight 119 from London to Mumbai on January 1, 2018, which had 324 passengers and 14 crewmembers, was quite eventful. What a way to start off the year. Let me start by acknowledging that the media tends to sensationalize aviation stories, though there’s a statement from Jet Airways that at least somewhat legitimizes this (ridiculous) story.
Here’s what happened, according to Business Today:
According to reports the commander slapped the woman pilot, who came out of the cockpit and started sobbing. The senior members of the cabin crew persuaded her to go back to the cockpit. However, she came out of the cockpit once again, following which the perturbed cabin crew requested her to go back to the cockpit and complete the flight.
According to reports, the first time the commander also left the cockpit to persuade the co-pilot to return to the cockpit. Leaving the cockpit unmanned is a gross violation of air safety rules. They had another fight after which she left the cockpit for the second time.
While we don’t know with certainty that the above is accurate, a Jet Airways spokesperson issued the following statement, confirming a “misunderstanding” in the cockpit, and that the two pilots have been derostered, pending an investigation:
“A misunderstanding occurred between the cockpit crew of Jet Airways flight 9W 119, London – Mumbai of January 01, 2018. However, the same was quickly resolved amicably and the flight with 324 guests including 2 infants and 14 crew continued its journey to Mumbai, landing safely. The airline has reported the incident to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and the concerned crew have been derostered pending an internal investigation that has since been initiated. At Jet Airways, safety of guests, crew and assets is of paramount importance and the airline has zero tolerance for any action of its employees that compromises safety.”