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Pilot licence: IndiGo to assist DGCA in probe

Our Bureau New Delhi | Updated on March 09, 2011 Published on March 09, 2011

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A day after the being notified of a possible fraud in the flying licences of one of their pilots, IndiGo Airlines has said that it will proactively assist to carry out a thorough internal investigation and ensure there are no discrepancies in any other licence or certificates issued to any pilot.

The airline said in a statement, “The DGCA has informed us of a possible fraud in Captain Meenakshi Singhal's Airlines Transport Pilot License (ATPL), so we have off-rostered her since Sunday and a show cause notice is being issued. We are treating this matter with utmost seriousness. At the onset, we are very happy that the c is investigating all its past licences. Hence, there should be a thorough check of all licences given by the DGCA irrespective of which airline someone is working at.”

“In fact, as per the current status to Captain Meenakshi Singhal, the show cause notice is in the process of being issued. This matter is now with the Police, and we have full confidence on their actions or procedures. We are actively helping the DGCA and the police,” the airline added.

Meanwhile, sources said that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has roped in the Crime Branch to investigate the fraud.

“The pilots are bringing fraudulent mark-sheets on the basis of which they are being issued the licence. So it is difficult to pinpoint the blame but this is why we have brought in the Crime Branch to investigate the matter,” said the official.

The DGCA will also be undertaking a thorough background check of the license holder. This is to ensure that such a matter is not repeated.

Published on March 09, 2011
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