Some 40 Delhi-bound passengers were left stranded in Jaipur after the pilot of their Alliance Air, a wholly owned subsidiary of India’s national carrier Air India refused to fly.
The reason he gave was that his duty hours were over, and so he cannot fly.
The incident happened at the Sanganer airport, Jaipur on Thursday morning.
While some passengers were accommodated in hotels, some were taken to Delhi by road and others were sent in another flight on Thursday morning.
Despite the inconvenience caused by his actions, the pilot won’t be subjected to any punishment or disciplinary action.
This is because the pilot is not at fault in this case and he went by the rules prescribed by the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) which clearly states that the pilot cannot exceed duty hours for safety reasons.
According to the Air India staff at the Jaipur Airport, the pilot and crew of a flight coming from Delhi was scheduled to take the flight (9I-644) from Jaipur to Delhi last night. But, the flight from Delhi was delayed and landed at Jaipur at 1:30 am, which meant the pilot’s duty time was already over.
Source of news : Indiatimes