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Mamata Banerjee's flight controversy: Six pilots suspended
Six pilots of three airlines have been grounded for reporting low fuel after being asked to hover at the airport in Kolkata last week.

Mamata Banerjee was traveling in the Indigo flight which was asked to circle the Kolkata airport for about half an hour before it was given clearance to land.

This had developed into a political controversy as Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was traveling in one of these flights. Banerjee's party TMC had alleged in Parliament that her life was put in danger by asking the aircraft, which was carrying her, to hover around even when it was low on fuel.

The three aircraft belonged to three different airlines IndiGo, Air India and Spicejet. As per DGCA orders, the pilots of these flights have been de-rostered and have been ordered to take "corrective training."

The IndiGo pilot had reported to the ATC that he had fuel for "an extra eight minutes" but as per reports, the ATC officials thought he meant he had fuel for only eight minutes.

While the DGCA has said that it has issued these orders as a warning to airlines to not try to cut costs on fuel, IndiGo has maintained that its pilot's remarks to the Air Traffic Controllers were misunderstood and that the pilot followed the SOP.

"The inquiry was conducted by the regulator supported by IndiGo safety department. Pilots operating flight 6E 342 have been kept off flying duties till investigations and discussions with DGCA are complete. As an airline, we always comply with the DGCA guidelines. IndiGo captain had followed all SOPs as laid down by the regulator and at no stage did the captain declare a fuel priority or an emergency. There has been no violation or breach of any regulatory requirement in the above-mentioned matter. We are taking up the matter in greater detail with the DGCA," an IndiGo spokesperson said.

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