New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA has suspended two IndiGo pilots at Chennai Airport on July 14 for not following the instructions of the Air Traffic Controller and moving beyond the prescribed limits on the runway. The officer said that Pilot-in-Command Captain Iltom Tedu Suse and First Officer Captain Aniket Sunil Joshi, who are preparing to fly from A-320 aircraft to Ahmadabad Airport, stood at strip point 'A' at RWY 30, Chennai Airport. Having not followed the instructions of the Surface Movement Control (SMC) controller.
He informed that the pilots heeded the instructions and proceeded towards RWY 25 which led to the incident of border violation on the runway. This posed a threat to the safety of aircraft and passengers. The official has said that the SMC Controller also changed the "Tower Frequency" to inform the pilots, but could not be contacted.
He has told that the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has issued a show cause notice to both these pilots on October 25 and asked them to respond within 15 days. Both pilots admitted in their reply that it was their fault to cross the set point. The officer said that after this, the DGCA on Friday postponed the license of both the pilots for three months. The three-month period will start on 15 November.