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`Jet Airways has suspended the crew of a flight for letting Indian Singer Sonu Nigam, 42, use the public announcement system on a plane for an impromptu concert,Indian media reported today.

Passengers of a chartered flight were pleasantly surprised when Sonu Nigam gave an impromptu performance on the plane’s address system recently.

The flight, however, didn’t end well for the flight’s crew after the Directorate General of Civil Aviation took a strict view of the performance and asked the airline to take action.

The regulatory body pushed the airline to ground the five flight attendants who allowed the concert to go on.

In a statement, Jet Airways said all cabin crew on the flight have been taken off from flight duty for enquiry and corrective training to reinforce strict adherence to operating procedure. It also added that the flight announcement system was allegedly “misused” wherein singer Sonu Nigam was allowed to sing from the plane’s address system.

The in-flight concert allegedly took place on a flight from Jodhpur to Mumbai on January 4. According to reports, the passengers aboard the flight were returning from a wedding and knew each other. They requested Nigam to croon some of his hits and the singer obliged.

He sang two songs — Do pal ruka from Yash Raj Films’ Veer Zaara and Panchhi nadiya from Abhishek Bachchan’s Refugee – on the flight’s address system.

When he noticed that plane passengers were also singing along, he said, “Arrey wah, aap bhi gaatein hain. My God, saare singers hain.” Some of the passengers made videos which found their way to Facebook and went viral.

This was not the first incident of this kind. As a part of Holi celebrations in 2014, the cabin crew of SpiceJet broke into a dance sequence mid-air to the tune of Balam Pichkari. This act led to the suspension of two pilots and DGCA issuing show cause notice to the airline.


  Comments - 8

  • saranga Friday, 05 February 2016 02:02 PM

    Who care about the

    Marie Friday, 05 February 2016 02:55 PM

    Lighten up. DGCA. A positive flying experience after a very long time.

    Bala Friday, 05 February 2016 05:50 PM

    Airline flying is hazardous if strict rules are not applied. Well done DGCA. Safety needs that proper procedure is followed. Even the initial announcement of the safety aspects by crew is sometimes irritating but rules are rules.

    Mason Friday, 05 February 2016 06:25 PM

    VIPs should not be granted undue previlages.

    frequent flyer Friday, 05 February 2016 07:31 PM

    Take it easy... Safety was no compromised. As for the report, it was a charter flight and everybody knew each other.No passengers complained. Whats the big deal? Some music entertainment through a PA system.

    Vernon Friday, 05 February 2016 08:03 PM

    As it was a charter flight, there cannot be any objection to this performance. If the Cockpit crew also joined in then it could be construed as compromising on the safety of passengers. This situation is like a chartered bus hired by a group of people and they use the public address system of the bus to sing. However if done in public bus, then could be considered as wrong.

    jith Saturday, 06 February 2016 09:52 AM

    Its fun, its same bunch of friends, it was returning from wedding, its informal..... all add up to support the act. But, its more critical that it was on a plane in sky where strict procedure in place for safety. Hence, Bending procedure is dangerous.

    BuffaloaCitizen Saturday, 06 February 2016 09:56 AM

    The PA system of the aircraft is an essential part of the security and safety system of the aircraft. It is allowed to be operated by only the crew members of the aircraft and absolutely nobody else, whether chartered or normal flight. If the PA system gets damaged due to third party abuse, it can compromise the safety of the aircraft.

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