Crew fight holds up AI flight

A spat between two crew members delayed for nearly two hours an Air India flight carrying 158 passengers before it took off from Delhi for Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

By Our Correspondent
  • Published 11.03.16
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New Delhi, March 10: A spat between two crew members delayed for nearly two hours an Air India flight carrying 158 passengers before it took off from Delhi for Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala.

According to sources, AI 48 took off 1 hour and 45 minutes behind schedule as two flight attendants got involved in a verbal duel over a "personal issue".

CPM leaders Prakash Karat and S. Ramachandran Pillai and RSP's N.K. Premachandran were also on the flight along with several IAS officers. Many of the officers were in the capital to attend a poll panel meeting ahead of the Assembly elections in Kerala.

The male and female crew members - one was the second-most senior flight attendant on board - were later offloaded. "We have suspended both the staffers with immediate effect as this kind of intolerance cannot be tolerated," Air India chairman and managing director Ashwini Lohani said.

Premachandran, an MP, said later: "I had never seen this kind of a scene before. In front of all passengers, the two crew members kept shouting at each other and did not listen to their supervisor."