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India airline fires 2 pilots after reported fight in cockpit

January 11, 2018

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2009, file photo, Jet Airways planes are parked on the tarmac at the domestic airport terminal in Mumbai, India. An Indian airline has fired two pilots reportedly involved in a midair cockpit fight on New Year's Day, when the pilot allegedly slapped his co-pilot during a London to Mumbai flight. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade, file)

NEW DELHI (AP) — An Indian airline has fired two pilots reportedly involved in a midair cockpit fight on New Year’s Day, when the pilot allegedly slapped his co-pilot during a London to Mumbai flight.

After an investigation, Jet Airways “has terminated services of both the cockpit crew with immediate effect,” the airline said in a statement Tuesday.

The company has released no further details. Indian media reports have said that the male pilot and the female co-pilot argued in the cockpit. After being slapped, the co-pilot reportedly emerged crying from the cockpit and for a time refused to return.

Airline officials did not immediately reply to requests for comment.

The flight, which was carrying 324 passengers and 14 crew members, landed safely.

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