Air India co-pilot beat up pilot in cockpit, airline sources say

Tension between an airline captain and his co-pilot in the cockpit of an Air India flight shortly before takeoff Sunday led to an argument that airline sources say ended with one man beating the other.

The Airbus 320 was on the ground in Jaipur, India Sunday evening heading for Delhi when the commander asked his co-pilot to perform a routine task: writing down important statistics needed for the flight, including the number of passengers on board, the plane's takeoff weight and fuel intake.

"The co-pilot took offense at this and reportedly beat up the captain," an airline source told the Times of India newspaper.

Numerous sources said the co-pilot abused and beat up the senior pilot, but an Air India spokesman said the two had an argument, and denied any physical altercation.

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