The crash of Indian Airlines flight QZ8501 has brought to light a worrying trend in the aviation industry: pilots often go on to become CEOs of other airlines.
It’s not just about profit but also the ability to take risks in their industry, according to the CEO of India’s largest airline.
“We will never be leaving this company,” said Anuj Chopra.
He is the second-highest-ranking Indian Airlines pilot, following J.C. Ramesh, the head of the domestic airline.
Chopra was speaking in the wake of a recent incident when a plane crashed in northern India.
According to the NTSB, the flight, a QZ87, had departed from Hyderabad, India, bound for Mumbai.
After the plane hit a tree, it broke up and the pilot, J.D. Narayanan, was killed.
A few minutes later, a passenger jet crashed into a house, killing the pilot and his passenger.
“What happened in Hyderabad is not our problem,” Chopra said.
“Our problem is that our pilots are not competent, they do not have a lot of knowledge about the system, and they are not prepared for the challenges of flying in a crowded atmosphere.”
He added that the pilots are often reluctant to speak to journalists.
Chopras comments come as Indian Airlines has been rocked by the latest incident, which has been blamed on a pilot who was flying in the wrong seat, or a flight attendant who refused to remove a passenger from the plane.
Chopres words came after the airline’s parent company, Air India, said that the company had already taken steps to reduce the risk.
“This was a very difficult and tragic situation, and we are deeply saddened by it,” Anil Ambani, the chief executive of Air India and chairman of the Indian Airlines board, said in a statement.
“The accident is being investigated and we will take all necessary action to ensure that no one else is hurt.
We have already taken these steps to improve the safety and comfort of our passengers.”
The NTSB has ordered an investigation into the crash, which took place in the country’s second-largest city of Hyderabad.
It is also investigating whether passengers were given proper instructions to remove the pilot from the aircraft.
Indian Airlines had said in April that it had instituted a new system to ensure the safety of its pilots.
It also said that a pilot had been given more training, and the airline had begun to train new pilots in the airline industry.
India’s aviation industry is one of the fastest-growing in the world.
It has more than 10,000 pilots, who make up half of the countrys total airline workforce of almost 4 million.