Two Air France pilots suspended after fighting in plane’s cockpit

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Two Air France pilots have been suspended after fighting in the cockpit on a flight in June.

The pilot and co-pilot exchanged blows as they flew the Airbus A320 from to Geneva to Paris but the flight landed safely.

Switzerland’s La Tribune reported the pair had a dispute shortly after takeoff. Following the argument, they grabbed each other by their collars after one apparently hit the other.

Cabin crew intervened and one crew member spent the flight in the cockpit with the pilots, the report said.

News of the fight emerged after France’s air investigation agency, BEA, issued a report on Wednesday saying that some Air France pilots lack rigor in respecting procedures during safety incidents.

It focused on a fuel leak on an Air France flight from Brazzaville in the Republic of Congo to Paris in December 2020, when pilots rerouted the plane but didn’t cut power to the engine or land as soon as possible, as leak procedure requires.

The plane landed safely in Chad, but the BEA report warned that the engine could have caught fire.