Flight drama

Air India pilots accused of assaulting an air hostess on a flight from Sharjah

An Air India pilot and a co-pilot of Air India, who were accused of assaulting of an air hostess on a flight from Sharjah, have been arrested and later released on bail, it was reported on Wednesday.

Pilot Ranbir Arora and co-pilot Aditya Chopra were questioned by police on Tuesday night and later arrested in connection with the mid-air scuffle on the Sharjah-Delhi flight on October 3.

"As the offence is bailable, they were released after registering their arrest and questioning," a senior police official told the Press Trust of India.

The alleged incident took place over Pakistan on an Air India flight from the UAE to Delhi, with 106 passengers and seven crew on board.

Air India said that at no point were passengers put at risk during the flight.

Airhostess Komal Singh had approached police claiming that she was assaulted and molested inside the cockpit during the journey to Delhi.

Air India later suspended a senior pilot and a flight purser and said the co-pilot would continue to remain de-rostered until after the inquiry.

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