Air India, has removed two of its Pilots from duty
The national flag carrier, Air India, has removed two of its pilots from duty for violating the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) guidelines.
The pilots - Jagan Mohan Reddy and S. Kiran - had allegedly allowed Kannada actress Nithya Menon in the cockpit while operating the Bangalore-Hyderabad flight last month.
While Reddy was the pilot-in-command, Kiran was the co-pilot.
The violation came to light after a government official, who was on board the flight, reportedly registered a complaint against the pilots.
Menon, a Malayali born in Bangalore, is a journalism graduate from Manipal.
She, however, changed tack and enrolled for FTII Pune to become a director, there she is said to have been convinced to take up acting.
Nithya Menon appeared first as a child actor in The Monkey Who Knew Too Much in 1998.
Her debut as an actor was in the Mohanlal-starrer Aakasha Gopuram ten years later. She then acted in Kannada films. She has also acted in several Telugu and Tamil films.