posted on May, 4 2013 @ 07:09 AM
The pilots of Air India AI133, an Airbus A321, with 166 passengers on board decided they needed to take a nap during the flight. The first officer
called one of the flight attendants into the cockpit, and had her take his seat (regulations require two people in the cockpit at all times during the
A few minutes later, the captain called the other flight attendant into the cockpit, and had her take his seat. He spent a few minutes showing them
the basics of the cockpit, before joining the first officer in business class, and going to sleep, with the aircraft on autopilot.
At some point during their 40 minute nap, one of the flight attendants managed to turn off the autopilot, requiring both pilots to rush back to the
cockpit and return to flying the aircraft.
All four crew members have since been suspended while the DGCA investigates.
Two Air India pilots put the lives of 166 passengers on a Bangkok-Delhi flight in danger by taking a 40-minute break from the cockpit and getting
two stewardesses to operate the plane in their absence. Their stunt almost ended in disaster after one of the stewardesses accidentally turned off the
auto-pilot, forcing the pilots to rush back to their seats.
The incident took place 33,000 feet in the air on Air India flight AI 133 (an Airbus 321) from Bangkok to Delhi on April 12, which took off from
Bangkok on schedule, at 8.55 am.
Thirty minutes later, First Officer Ravindra Nath excused himself from the cockpit for a bathroom break and got airhostess J Bhatt to occupy his seat
in his absense. "According to the guidelines it is a standard procedure to ensure the presence of second person in the cockpit so that if the pilot
is not able to operate the aircraft for some reason, the other crew member in the cockpit can immediately call for the other pilot. But what actually
happened after this made a mockery of air safety," said a a source in Air India, who did not wish to be named.