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Pilots’ licence issue raised in Rajya Sabha

Posted by on March 14, 2011 0 Comment

New Delhi, March 14 (IANS) The issue of pilots getting flying licence through forged documents was raised in the Rajya Sabha Monday as members said it could put at risk the lives of passengers.

“The arrest of an Air India pilot by the crime branch of the Delhi police is a matter of concern and it shows the aviation department is not taking the issue seriously,” Bharatiya Janata Party member Kalraj Mishra said raising the issue in the zero hour.

Two cases of pilots having submitted fake documents for getting licence have come to light recently.

Less that a week after a woman pilot in a private airlines Parminder Kaur Gulati was arrested for procuring licence through fake documents, Air India co-pilot J.K. Verma was arrested by the Delhi police Saturday on a similar charge.

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said Monday it was scrutinising nearly 4,000 licences, particularly those issued in the past one year.

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