In a major embarrassment to Air Asia India, a
B Dileep Kumar, Senior Civil Judge and
Capt Taneja, who runs a popular YouTube channel called ‘Flying Beast’, is engaged in a legal battle with his former employer ever since he flagged safety lapses within the airline.
Before he publicly spoke about the issues on his vlog in June, Capt Taneja had made a written complaint to the DGCA on June 5. Among other things, he had alleged the airline insisted that its pilots achieve a target of 98 per cent Flap 3 landings, giving priority to saving fuel over the safety of passengers. Flaps are part of an aircraft’s wings that are engaged to create a drag during landings and take-off.
Taneja was sacked by the airline on June 26.
Following an inquiry, the aviation regulator had on August 10 suspended the Chief of Flight Safety and Director of Operations of the airline for their failure to ensure safety of fliers.
In its interim application, Air Asia had contended that Taneja had breached his
The court said it had not found any violation as alleged by the airline. It said that Taneja acted as per DGCA’s regulations. He intimated the airline, and when the company paid no heed to it, he filed a written complaint with DGCA.