Pilot honored in White Plains for whistle-blowing alleged safety issues on Delta Airlines

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A seasoned pilot who is accustomed to traveling the world by air is standing her ground against Delta Airlines as a whistle-blower.

Dr. Karlene Petitt was honored at Morton's Steakhouse in White Plains Friday for reporting on issues related to air safety, pilot training and other issues.

It's been a tough journey for the 40-year veteran, who was grounded for nearly two years by Delta after she submitted a 45-page report in 2016, noting her alleged concerns about fatigued pilots being forced to fly, improper pilot training and cheating on qualifying tests.

Pettit says the airline retaliated, forcing her to undergo psychiatric evaluation. She was later diagnosed with bipolar disorder by the airline's psychiatrist, but an independent psychiatrist determined she was not mentally ill and is fit to fly.

White Plains attorney Lee Seeham represents Petitt.

"Instead of saying, 'We have a beef with you, we're going to fire you,' there was the pretense that, 'We're going to look after your psychiatric well-being,'" says Seeham.

A judge's decision on Dr. Petitt's lawsuit is still pending. News 12 reached out to Delta for comment, but did not immediately hear back.

 

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