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Four Jet Airways pilots grounded for clicking selfies while flying

A senior instructor-level commander and three trainee pilots are among the grounded pilots.

New Delhi: While on their way to from Leh to Delhi on April 19, four pilots decided to click selfies in the cockpit. Little did they know that it may cost them their jobs.

Jet Airways on Wednesday grounded the four pilots for allegedly clicking selfies on a training flight without any passenger. A senior instructor-level commander and three trainee pilots are among the grounded pilots.

The airline has initiated an internal investigation into the incident.

Confirming the grounding, a Jet spokesman said: “The crew members are aiding an internal investigation.”

On April 19 training flight, these pilots took selfies even during the critical stage of flight amid high hilly terrain, as per reports.

This is not the first such incident involving Jet Airways. In 2014, a pilot had violated civil aviation safety guidelines by allowing his friends and colleagues to click pictures with pilots on duty and access the cockpit area.

The pilot, Sahil Arora, drew sharp criticism for posting the photographs on his Facebook timeline.

According to the Directorate General of Civil Aviation norms, access into the cockpit area of a flight is limited.

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