AirAsia Pilot Suspended After Runway Incursion

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Indian Aviation Regulator DGCA has suspended the pilot-in-command on an AirAsia India flight for three months after a runway incursion incident that occurred at Mumbai Airport. The captain was pilot-in-command while the co-pilot was the pilot monitoring.

On 5 November 2019, Air India flight 374 (I5374) was heading to Indore from Mumbai when the incident occurred. According to the report produced by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), the pilot was given clear instructions by Air Traffic Controllers to hold at Runway 32 of Mumbai Airport. Despite the co-pilot reading back ATC instruction to the captain, the captain failed to stop at the holding point, entering the active runway.

The DGCA issued a show-cause notice to the pilot and the first officer, demanding for both pilots to explain on their lapses, in which the captain accepted his mistake. The DGCA than made the decision to suspend the captain's flying license for three months.

This is not the first time DGCA has suspended pilot licenses. Earlier this month, the license of a GoAir captain was suspended for size months and the co-pilot for three months for a runway excursion that took place in November 2019, the same month the AirAsia incursion incident occurred.

In September 2019, DGCA also suspended a Spice Jet pilot license for three months for another runway incursion at Mumbai Airport that occurred in July.

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