Image: Attention Jet Airways co-pilot – please keep your eyes on the runway not the spotters

Today on the day of Janmashthami celebrating the birthday of Lord Krishna, the post is very tongue in cheek, much in the spirit of lord Krishna, who was known for his mischief, practical jokes and innuendos, and being written from the home city of Jet Airways, Mumbai.

The zeal of celebration in Mumbai is uniquely demonstrated by teams of youths who go around the city forming human pyramids and towers up to nine floors high to break the pots of buttermilk (dahi-handi). This year the prize money on many of the pots around the city exceeds Rs. 1.1 million.

Coming back to the tongue in cheek…..sorry Jet Airways……

During a recent a spotting trip at Bangalore on August 10th, I took this photo of a Jet Airways ATR-72-500 VT-JCP which had just landed on runway 27.
Jet Airways ATR 72 500 VT-JCPWhile processing the photo, I was rather surprised, almost shocked, to observe the first officer (sitting in the right seat) was busy staring at me instead of looking down the runway the plane was landing on.
All driving schools instruct their students not to take their eyes off the road. “That’s how accidents happen” they pontificate. Does this instruction apply to pilots as well?

About Devesh Agarwal

A electronics and automotive product management, marketing and branding expert, he was awarded a silver medal at the Lockheed Martin innovation competition 2010. He is ranked 6th on Mashable's list of aviation pros on Twitter and in addition to Bangalore Aviation, he has contributed to leading publications like Aviation Week, Conde Nast Traveller India, The Economic Times, and The Mint (a Wall Street Journal content partner). He remains a frequent flier and shares the good, the bad, and the ugly about the Indian aviation industry without fear or favour.

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