AI flight with aviation minister onboard delayed by 1.3 hours, 3 suspended

Published On: 14, Dec 2017 | Source: business-standard.com

Three staff members were suspended and a warning letter was issued to the pilot of after they reached late for their duty and delayed a flight by one-and-half hours with over 100 passengers onboard, including Minister of Civil Aviation P Ashok Gajapathi Raju, who faced the heat of the agitated passengers.

The incident came to light on Wednesday when the flight from to Vijaywada was late by around 1.30 hours.

"The flight was scheduled at 6 a.m. from but after getting delayed for around 1.30 hrs it finally took off for Vijaywada. took action against the three staffers who have been suspended and a warning letter has been issued to the captain for reaching the airport late," Spokesperson GP Rao said while confirming the incident.

According to the sources, the pilots had reported late for the duty leaving the waiting passengers furious.

The passengers then reached co-passenger Aviation Minister Raju, who was sitting in the business class section and was on his way to Vijaywada, asking him about the delay.

Raju immediately contacted the airlines security and asked the newly appointed Chairman and Managing Director Pradeep Singh Kharola the reason behind the delay, after which appropriate actions were taken.