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Air India Pilot Refuses to Fly After Emergency Landing in Jaipur: Details Unveiled

Air India Pilot Refuses to Fly After Emergency Landing in Jaipur: Details Unveiled

Written by Sanjay Kumar

Air India

Air carrier

  • CEO: Campbell Wilson (2022–)
  • Hubs: Indira Gandhi International Airport, MORE
  • Alliance: Star Alliance
  • Founder: J. R. D. Tata
  • Revenue: 26,430.59 crores INR (US$3.3 billion, 2019)

The pilot of an Air India flight from London to Delhi refused to continue flying after making an emergency landing in Jaipur due to adverse weather conditions. According to a report by India Today, the Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC) granted clearance for the flight to resume operations approximately two hours after the emergency landing in Jaipur. However, the pilot declined to fly, citing flight duty time limitations and duty hours.

The incident took place on Sunday, June 25, when AI Flight 112 was originally scheduled to arrive in Delhi at 4 am. However, it was diverted to Jaipur due to poor weather conditions, leaving over 350 passengers stranded at the airport. Some passengers expressed their frustration on Twitter, criticizing the airline for failing to provide assistance in reaching their final destination of Delhi.

The report also mentioned that, after waiting for over six hours, some passengers were transported to Delhi by a Volvo bus or cabs. Additionally, a replacement crew was arranged, allowing some passengers to continue their journey on the same Air India flight.

One passenger took to Twitter, sharing a series of videos and urgently requesting assistance from JM_Scindia, stating, “Passengers of AI112 flying from London to Delhi have been diverted to Jaipur due to bad weather but passengers have not been assisted with any recourse to reaching their final destinations. We did manage to speak with Jaipur MP Col Rajyavardhan Rathore, despite which we have received no assistance from the authorities at Jaipur Airport.”

Air India responded to the tweet, assuring the passenger, “Our team is trying its best to minimize the inconvenience caused.”

In a separate incident on June 22, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) suspended the license of an Air India pilot for one year. The suspension was a result of allowing an unauthorized person into the cockpit during a Chandigarh-Leh flight earlier in the month.

Meanwhile, Air India, which is owned by the Tata Group, finalized purchase agreements to acquire 470 aircraft from Airbus and Boeing. In an official statement, the airline announced its order of 250 Airbus aircraft and 220 new Boeing jets, with a total value of $70 billion at list prices. These separate agreements were signed by the Tata-owned airline with the two aircraft manufacturers during the Paris Airshow, covering the procurement of jets and related services.

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