Indian pilots suspended after video of crew's mid-air Holi dance
Two pilots have been suspended and an airline has been threatened with being grounded after its cabin crew were videoed dancing in the aisles on board a flight during the Holi celebrations.
SpiceJet has landed itself in hot water with the Directorate General Of Civil Aviation (DGCA) after clips of the two-and-a-half-minute routine at 35,000ft were posted on YouTube.
In the three-minute video, crew on board a Goa-Bangalore flight can be seen dancing to Bollywood hit Balam Pichkari in the air while pilots take photos on their mobile phones. The moves, to celebrate the Hindu festival Holi, were reportedly professionally choreographed.
Passengers can also be seen in the two-and-a-half-minute video clapping along to the music.
However, the DGCA yesterday issued a show-cause notice to SpiceJet, saying the dancing on board the SG-876 flight endangered aircraft safety and created an 'unruly environment', and asked why its licence should not be suspended.