Working hours over: Air India pilot abandons plane on runway

More than 40 passengers flying Alliance Air, a subsidiary of Air India, were stranded at the Jaipur airport after their pilot left the flight saying that his duty hours were over.

A similar incident took place with Pakistan's national carrier on November 4, where passengers were forced to debark from the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) flight midway and had to use other means.

The flight 9I644, which was on its way from Lucknow was supposed to arrive in Jaipur at 9 pm, but it was delayed and arrived at about 1:30 am. "Such matters come under the roster department of the airline in Delhi", an Air India employee said.

The passengers of an Air India flight from Jaipur to Delhi were clueless about why their flight did not take off and why they were taken by road to Delhi.

As Per Reports of Leading News Paper the plane was left standing at the runway till Thursday evening.

Although the Director General of Civil Aviation has prescribed specific work hours for pilots to avoid having exhausted or over-stressed pilots flying aircrafts, pilots do not generally stick to the prescribed hours so rigidly.

"The pilot's duty time got over and therefore, he could not take the flight", J S Balhara, director of Jaipur Sanganer airport, told media after the incident. The airline staff on duty would also not comment on the weird incident, directed the media to the offices of the airline. There too the buck was passed: "We do not know".

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