Air France Suspends Two Pilots For Exchanging Blows During International Flight

After a fight broke out in the cockpit aboard a flight from Geneva to Paris two months ago, Air France has suspended two of its pilots.

Through a spokeswoman, the airline said that the unnamed pilot and co-pilot got into an argument shortly after takeoff and grabbed each other by the collars after one of them punched the other.

The spokesman stated in a release on Sunday that “the problem was immediately rectified without impairing the conduct or safety of the aircraft, which continued regularly.”

The concerned pilots are currently prohibited from flying while they wait for a managerial judgment on how to handle the incident’s outcome. The safety of its customers and crew members is Air France’s first priority, the airline informs us in the statement.

A member of the cabin crew stepped in and spent the whole of the flight in the cockpit with the pilots, according to the report.

It was unknown what sparked the altercation. Even though the event happened two months ago, it only came to light as a result of a report published last week in the French newspaper La Tribune that asserts much more serious structural problems with Air France.

France’s air investigation agency, the Bureau of Enquiry and Analysis for Civil Aviation Safety, issued a report on Wednesday saying that some Air France pilots lacked rigour in respecting procedures during safety incidents.

The report concentrated on a fuel leak on an Air France flight from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris in December 2020, when pilots rerouted the plane but did not cut power to the engine or land as soon as possible, as leak procedure licences.

The plane landed safely in Chad, but the BEA report warned that the engine could have caught fire.
The report also mentioned three comparable cases between 2017 and 2022, maintaining that some pilots had acted based on their analysis of the situation instead of safety protocols.

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