New Delhi: An Air India pilot on a flight from London to Delhi declined to fly the aircraft after it made an emergency landing in Jaipur due to unfavorable weather conditions on Sunday, a report said.
Approximately 350 passengers were left stranded at Jaipur airport for about three hours due to the pilot’s decision, forcing them to seek alternative means to reach Delhi.
The flight, AI-112, initially scheduled to land in Delhi around 4 am, was redirected to Jaipur due to deteriorating weather conditions at Delhi Airport. It circled in the sky for approximately 10 minutes before being rerouted to Jaipur.
After a wait of about two hours, the London-bound flight, along with several other diverted flights, received clearance from the Delhi Air Traffic Control (ATC) to continue its journey to Delhi.
However, the pilot chose not to proceed with the flight and disembarked, citing limitations on flight duty time and duty hours as the rationale for his refusal.
Consequently, the approximately 350 passengers were left stranded at the airport and advised to make alternative arrangements. After approximately three hours, some of the passengers were transported to Delhi by road, while others were able to continue their journey to Delhi on the same flight after a replacement crew was arranged.