A pilot of an Air India flight flying from London to Delhi – refused to fly the plane after it made an emergency landing in Jaipur reportedly due to bad weather conditions on Sunday. As per reports the pilot cited flight duty time limitations as the reason for his refusal.
Nearly 350 passengers were stranded at the Jaipur airport for about three hours due to the pilot’s refusal and were forced to seek alternative arrangements to reach Delhi.
What exactly happened?
The flight AI-112, originally scheduled to arrive in Delhi at approximately 4 AM, was reportedly diverted to Jaipur as the weather conditions worsened at Delhi Airport.
The flighted circled in the sky for close to ten minutes before it was asked to land at Jaipur airport.
Why pilot refused to fly?
IndiGo informed that the cockpit crew comes under FDTL – Flight Duty Time Limitations – and as the pilot cannot operate the flight once they come under the FDTL – as laid down by the regulatory authorities.
Air India said that it puts the safety of its passengers and crew members as top-priority, it immediately arranged a fresh set to crew to operate the flight.
After three hours, some of the passengers were transported to Delhi by road, while others board the same flight after alternative crew was arranged.