New Delhi: Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has suspended two senior executives of AirAsia India for three months over “safety violations” after a Pilot-turned-Youtuber Gaurav Taneja complained with the flight regulator.
Captain Manish Uppal, Head of Operations, and Captain Mukesh Neema, Head of Flight Safety, were suspended last week.
“We had issued a show-cause notice to two AirAsia India executives — Head of Operations Manish Uppal and Head of Flight Safety Mukesh Nema — in June only. It has been decided now to suspend them for three months,” the DGCA statement read.
Taneja, who runs a Youtube channel ‘Flying Beast’ raised an allegation against the low-cost airline for a safety violation and putting the passengers at risk.
Taneja was suspended in June on disciplinary grounds and that his suspension was not related to reporting safety lapses.
“As an airline that prioritizes safety above all, we continue to engage with the authorities and exercise the option to appeal for redressal,” the airline said in a statement.
AirAsia India is a joint venture between Tata Sons (51%) and Malaysia’s AirAsia Berhad (49%)