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Bizarre? Pilot Abandons Flight As Work Hours End, Leaving 40 Passengers Stranded

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| November 10 , 2017 , 17:14 IST

Nobody likes to work overtime, for hours extending beyond the officially prescribed work hours. A pilot flying a Jaipur-Delhi flight of Alliance Air, took his hours quite seriously as he refused to fly further, stating that his duty hours were over, leaving 40 passengers stranded.

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

According to officials, after the flight was abandoned, several of the passengers were taken to Delhi by road, some were provided hotel accommodations, and the others were sent in another flight.

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"The pilot's duty-time got over and therefore, he could not take the flight," said JS Balhara, director, Sanganer airport, Jaipur.

"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," staff at the Air India station office said.  

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. However, in the case of PIA, the flight had to be grounded due to low visibility. Even then the passengers refused to debark from the aircraft until the airline staffers switched off the air conditioning system.