Pilots Refuse to Fly Plane in India Citing FTDL Rules

Fri Dec 29 2023
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JAIPUR, India: A bizarre scene was witnessed in India when over 100 passengers were stranded at an Indian airport after the pilots of 10 planes jointly refused to complete their journey citing flight timing laws as the reason.

India media reported that 116 passengers were stranded at the Jaipur International Airport as pilots of 10 aircraft declined to fly their planes under the Flight Time Delay Limitation (FTDL) rule.

The 10 flights – two from IndiGo, five from Air India, one from Vistara and two from Alliance Air – were diverted to Jaipur because of dense fog in different parts of the country.

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Later, two out of the 10 pilots proceeded to their destinations while the rest remained stranded at the Jaipur airport.

It is to mention here that pilots and flight attendants are strictly advised to follow the FTDL regulations laid down by India’s Directorate-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) so they get adequate rest and avoid fatigue-related safety issues.

Under the rules, crew members cannot work for more than eight hours a day, 35 hours a week, 125 hours a month, and 1000 hours in a year.

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