‘Crew of Indian airliner slug it out in Pakistani airspace’

NEW DELHI: Air India said on Sunday it was investigating allegations of a mid-air brawl in which pilots and cabin crew were reported to have exchanged blows in front of startled passengers.

The incident took place over Pakistan on an Air India flight from the United Arab Emirates to Delhi after a female attendant accused the pilots of sexually harassing her.

According to the Times of India, the fight spilled out into the galley of the plane as about 100 passengers looked on.

The cockpit of the Airbus A-320 was left unmanned at one point, and one of the pilots threatened to divert the plane to Pakistan, the Times alleged.

The 24-year-old female crew member and a co-pilot both suffered bruises in the incident on Saturday and police have registered a case against the pilots for ‘outraging the modesty of a woman,’ it said.

‘There are several eyewitnesses and we are recording their statements,’ the Times quoted police commissioner Satyendra Garg as saying.

State-run Air India said in a statement it had ordered an inquiry into what it described as a reported ‘scuffle,’ adding that two pilots and two crew members had been suspended.—Agencies

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