Won’t apologise to pilots, says Wahab

April 14th, 2008 - 9:27 pm ICT by admin  

Kozhikode, April 14 (IANS) Member of Parliament and Dubai-based businessman P.V. Abdul Wahab said Monday he will not apologise to pilots as demanded by the Indian Commercial Pilots Association (ICPA) for his alleged misbehaviour towards a pilot at Kozhikode airport April 7. Wahab had to disembark from the Kozhikode-Kochi Indian Airlines flight en route to Dubai after an altercation with the pilot, Captain Rajat Rana.

The pilots are “using their organisational strength to terrorise”, Wahab told reporters here.

Wahab, a Muslim League Rajya Sabha member, has threatened to move a privilege motion in parliament against the pilot.

“I am not in anyway obliged to bow my head before them. If they are ready to enquire in a proper way as to what happened at the airport, I am ready to cooperate. They said that I would be blacklisted or put in the list of terrorists,” Wahab said.

“Is the pilots’ association authorised to find out who is a terrorist and who is not? I don’t know,” he said.

The ICPA said Thursday that it plans to file a defamation suit against Wahab for calling a pilot a “glorified driver”.

Wahab said he would decide on the issue of privilege motion after consulting his party leaders.

Responding to the allegation that he entered the cockpit, he said he did not go even close to it.

“I reached the airport on time. They took me to the aircraft. The pilot came out of the cockpit and stood preventing my entry in to the aircraft and chided the duty manager in front of me forcing me to intervene. The pilot did not like my intervention and talked to me in a disparaging way, knowing fully well that I am a people’s representative. I only told the pilot that his conduct was not right,” Wahab said.

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