A cup of beverage kept on the center console of the cockpit during a flight has resulted in two SpiceJet pilots being deroosted pending an inquiry, as any spillage of the beverage could have caused safety issues for the aircraft.
The incident happened on the Delhi-Guwahati flight on March 8, Holi, and the airline took action against the pilot and the first officer on Wednesday, according to a source.
A picture of the paper cup with the beverage kept on the center console of the aircraft was shared on social media. One of the pilots was also seen holding a ‘gujiya’ (a sweet dish) and another piece of ‘gujiya’ was also kept near the cup.
In a statement on Thursday, a SpiceJet spokesperson said both pilots have been off-rostered pending an inquiry.
“SpiceJet has a strict policy for consumption of food inside the cockpit, which is adhered to by all flight crew. Appropriate disciplinary action will be taken upon completion of the investigation,” the spokesperson said.
The source said that slippage of the beverage onto the central console could have even resulted in a short circuit and a safety hazard for the flight mid-air.