IATA is the recognised body of around 2,400 service engineers in the Government-owned airline.

Sources also said that IATA has also communicated its decision to Air India's engineering subsidiary Air India Engineering Services Ltd (AIESL) while demanding an assurance on written "safety and security" of its members.

"Our category has been neglected by the engineering management and for everything, resulting in such loss of life, who will be held responsible for this? will the punishment to guilty bring back the sole guardian of the family," the IATA questioned the management.

As a result our service engineers will be compelled not to give engine start-up clearance with immediate effect till the safety and security is ensured in all ways," IATA said in the letter to AIESL Chief Executive Officer, a copy of which has also been sent to Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani.

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