IndiGo Pilot Grounded Amidst Controversy for Alleged Takeoff Without ATC Clearance

The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), India’s aviation regulatory body, has grounded a pilot for allegedly taking off the Baku-bound IndiGo plane without Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) clearances. According to the DGCA, the incident involved an IndiGo plane scheduled from Delhi to Baku taking off without proper ATC clearances. The regulatory body has initiated an investigation into the matter, stating, “The DGCA has begun an investigation where an IndiGo plane from Delhi to Baku has taken off without ATC clearances.” This development raises concerns about adherence to safety protocols and highlights the need for a thorough examination of the circumstances surrounding the unauthorized takeoff. Following the alleged takeoff without Air Traffic Control (ATC) clearance, a top official from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has revealed that the IndiGo pilot of flight 6E-1803 has been off duty during the ongoing investigation. The pilots responsible for the January 29, 2024, Delhi-Baku flight have been temporarily removed from flying duty as the DGCA probes whether they departed without the required ATC clearance. The flight took off around 7:38 p.m. on January 29. IndiGo, in response to the incident, stated, “With reference to reports around IndiGo flight 6E 1803 operating between Delhi and Baku on January 28, 2024, the incident is currently under investigation, and appropriate action will be taken as necessary.” The situation underscores the significance of maintaining strict adherence to aviation safety protocols.

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