Air India’s Flight Delays for Nearly Two Hours for Want of Pilot

The airline did not have a pilot for a Bhubaneswar-bound flight, making passengers wait for two hours.

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The passengers waited inside the airline for nearly two hours. (Photo: PTI)

Passengers, including an NHRC delegation, on board an Air India plane were on Monday stranded for nearly two hours, allegedly as the airline did not have a pilot for the Bhubaneswar-bound flight.

Airline’s flight AI-75 was scheduled to depart for Bhubaneswar at 1100 hours this morning. The National Human Rights Commission’s (NHRC) delegation was going there for conducting a state-level workshop on bonded labour.

However, the passengers of this flight had to wait inside the aircraft for almost 1 hour and 45 minutes due to the non-availability of flight crew, sources said.

All the passengers including the NHRC delegation checked-in on time. However, it failed to take off as there was no pilot available to fly the plane. During this period, the passengers remained seated in the aircraft.


The workshop is scheduled to be held on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, there was no word from the airline staff on the expected take off time,” the source said, adding the flight could take off at 1445 hours after the passengers protested and demanded that the airline arrange the flight crew.

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