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New Delhi — India's Jet Airways says it has ordered an investigation into reports that a senior pilot slapped a female co-pilot in the cockpit during a London to Mumbai flight this week.

The Press Trust of India news agency says that India's civil aviation ministry has suspended the senior pilot's flying license.

The agency quoted an unnamed Jet Airways official as saying that the pilot allegedly attacked the co-pilot after an argument with her and she came out of the cabin crying.

A Jet Airways spokesman said in a statement Wednesday that a "misunderstanding" occurred between the cockpit crew but was quickly resolved and the flight continued without issue.

The statement said the crew has been taken off flying duties.

AP