El Al Pilot Temporarily Grounded but Not Reduced in Rank

Capt. Uri Barlev, the pilot of an El Al jet involved in an abortive hijack attempt last Sept. 6 has been temporarily grounded for an infraction of rules during the incident. But the El Al management agreed not to reduce him in rank, it was learned today. El Al has also called to account other crew members who, it claimed, did not carry out their duties properly when two Arab commandos attempted to seize the New York-bound aircraft in the skies off the British coast. The El Al action was based on the findings of a special inquiry committee investigating the hijack attempt. One of the hijackers was killed by a security guard and the other, a girl, was overpowered. The Israeli Pilots Council objected when El Al announced last week that Capt. Barlev would be temporarily demoted. But apparently it agreed today that Capt. Barlev deserved a rebuke and the temporary grounding.

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