A pilots of a private airline IndiGA, Parminder Kaur Gulati, was landing her Airbus A320-200 aircraft in Goa with the nose down, instead of raised on March, 8, and it raise passengers concern about their safety.
According to the Asia Times, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had only checked a fraction of over 8,000 commercial pilot licenses under scrutiny, and there were 1,704 Indian commanders and 6,331 co-pilots registered with the DGCA
According to the Washington Post, a government-ordered investigation had exposed a nationwide network of flight schools, aviation officials and others routinely forging grade sheets, fudging logbooks and accepting bribes.
E.K. Bharat Bhushan, India's director general of civil aviation, told the Washington Post that said India's skies was not unsafe, noting because the fake pilots were only a handful of our 8,000 certified pilots. Bhushan also said 29 pilots had lost their licenses and 14 people have been arrested after Gulati's incident.
In order to graduate from an Indian aviation school, students must log 200 hours of flying time, then pass four written tests, the Washington Post reported. However, one senior pilot told the Washington Post that the questions in the tests are theoretical, irrelevant and chosen by bureaucrats who have never touched the controls of the aircraft. Therefore, he said it was why so many resort to faking their test results.
Ashok Chand, deputy commissioner of police in New Delhi's crime department, said the average bribe paid by aspiring pilots for a forged grade sheet was about $15,000, the Washington Post reported.
Among such concerns, more and more domestic air passengers were asking about who's at the controls, according to the Asia Times.