Central IndiGo Pilots’ Dispute: Offensive Language on Emergency Frequency

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Sources reported on Thursday that at least seven IndiGo pilots were allegedly using offensive language over salary issues on a frequency designated for emergency communications.
On April 9, these pilots were allegedly expressing their frustration over low salaries using offensive language on the 121.5 MHz frequency, which is reserved for emergency communications for aircraft in distress.
The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has initiated an investigation into the matter. IndiGo has not yet released a statement regarding the situation, according to the sources.
The 121.5 MHz frequency, designated for emergency communications, must be monitored by air traffic controllers in the vicinity of the aircraft.
For air-to-air communication among pilots of different aircraft, the 123.45 MHz frequency is used, which is not monitored by air traffic controllers.
Prior to the incident, IndiGo had suspended several pilots who were planning to strike on April 5 in protest of pay cuts implemented during the pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, the airline had reduced its pilots’ salaries by up to 30 percent.
On April 1, IndiGo announced a decision to increase pilots’ salaries by 8 percent, with an additional 6.5 percent increase set to take effect in November, barring any disruptions.

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