Who is to blame for Capt. Manoj Balasubramani’s death?

The IndiGo pilot’s untimely death has led to aviators blaming working conditions, specifically being asked to fly on consecutive nights without adequate rest. Are airlines playing fast and loose with the rules?

Legally speaking, neither IndiGo nor the Directorate General of Civil Aviation can be blamed for what happened on 17 August. That day, Manoj Balasubramani, a 40-year-old pilot with India’s largest airline, collapsed at the security gate of Nagpur airport just as he was about to report for duty. Doctors put his death down to a sudden cardiac arrest. 

Balasubramani’s death was no isolated incident. In fact, he was among three pilots who lost their lives over three consecutive days in India and abroad. In each of the cases, the death was sudden. And, fatigue was said to be the trigger …

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