Jet Air issues alert after 'suspicious' attempt at cockpit entry
28 March 2015
Following a ''suspicious'' attempt to gain access to the cockpit of a Jet Airways flight, Indian airlines has warned crew members to be more careful.
According to an email sent to Jet Airways pilots on Friday, which Hindustan Times says it has seen, a passenger allegedly feigned illness, and five others claiming to be doctors volunteered medical aid. After examining the ''sick'' passenger, they insisted strongly on meeting the captain, but were refused permission.
''Their persistence was suspect and the captain refused to meet the doctors either inside or outside the cockpit,'' reads the Jet mail.
The incident is said to have occurred on a recent Air India flight to London.
A check was subsequently carried out, which revealed the five were Pakistani nationals. Moreover, the note says, ''Their contact numbers, when tried, were found to be fictitious. The patient is also being considered a suspect.''
Top intelligence officials, however, dismissed the claims, according to the HT report. Air India declined to comment while attempts to elicit a response from the Bureau of Civil Aviation Security also went unanswered.
The supposed incident comes after revelations that the Germanwings crash was caused by a rogue co-pilot (See: Co-pilot deliberately crashed plane: French prosecutor).
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has not yet come out with a directive or a statement in this regard.