NEW DELHI: As many as 110 passengers aboard an Air India aircraft were forced to sit on the plane for two and half hours on Wednesday after its commander insisted for a "particular woman" co-pilot to operate the flight.
The incident happened at Air India's flight to Male from Chennai via Thirunanthapuram, sources said.
In between, the commander also complained of high blood pressure and was treated for the same, they said.
Interestingly, the commander quit Air India last week and is serving a six-month notice period, the sources said.
According to the sources, the commander insisted roster section on Tuesday to schedule the woman flight officer along with him on flight AI 263/264 for Wednesday.
"Roster section, however, informed him that his demand can't be met as she was already scheduled for a Delhi flight," a source said.
Later the commander called up roster section and threatened to report sick, if the particular woman pilot was not assigned the duty with him.
"When the roster section did not oblige, he reported sick on Tuesday. But this morning when he turned up to operate the flight he again insisted for the same co-pilot, forcing the airline to arrange his favourite co-pilot," one of the sources alleged.
But in the process, the flight was delayed as it departed at 9.13am against its schedule time of 7am, the sources said.
Airline spokesperson was not available for comments.
I think it was a good decision to delay the flight. Passengers should be punished for flying Air India.
nice sarcasm haa..haa
Once I was punished too then never again, never again
The passengers lives were at risk as his hands would be busy elsewhere
Why not delay the flight for whole day. At least next time the people will think twice before booking flight by Air India.
co-pilot must be his girl friend ....
S L Gera
It is most unfortunate. Such employees have made the airline nose dive. The management must punish him by terminating his services.
The co-pilot must be beautiful, I would do the same for her. How exciting it is to stay in the same hotel Wow
These senseless Pilots are last nail in air India's coffin
I never fly AIR India or Indian Airlines. Indigo is the best
LUV GANDHI NOT OSAMA
THIS IS BLACK MAIL,, REMOVE THE LEHENGA OF THIS PILOT,, HAHHAHHA
Look at the bright side guys..atleast the flight had air condition..I hope the passengers were served tea or coffee..