first_imgPilots leave aircraft and 166 pax in the hands of hostesses. Image: PFG Two Air India pilots have been suspended after allegedly putting a plane carrying 166 passengers from Bangkok to New Delhi in autopilot and leaving airhostesses in charge as they took a nap in business class.The pilot and the co-pilot reportedly gave two cabin crew members instructions on how-to fly the A320 before falling asleep, The Daily Mail reported.However, the duo were quick called back to take control of the aircraft when the hostesses accidently switched autopilot off.A senior member of the airline’s cabin crew, brought the issue to India’s Directorate General of Civil Aviation, after witnessing the incident.Air India has confirmed air staff were in change of the cockpit for up to 20 minutes, however, sources say it was more than 40 minutes.Although pilots are able to leave the aircraft in autopilot, they are still required to monitor the aircraft’s flight path.“It is a serious matter,” Mr Mishra said.“We are investigating the case.”Source = e-travel Blackboard: NJlast_img read more