(Web Desk) – An Air India pilot refused to wait for Kerala governor P Sathasivam to board a Kochi-Thiruvananthapuram flight on Tuesday after he allegedly turned up late, reported Indian media.
The Governor was then given lodging on the Ernakulam Guest House.
An Air India official said the flight from Delhi to Thiruvananthapuram was scheduled to arrive at 9.10 pm and depart at 9.40 pm.
So the flight was already delayed and another couple of minutes for the first citizen of the State would have hardly made any difference, police sources pointed out.
The governor always enjoys the privilege of boarding directly from the tarmac where he reached at 11:28 pm but the ladder was pulled up and the plane prepped for the take-off.
The Governor, who was at Thrissur, started to the airport after getting information from liaison officer, deputed at the airport to inform the governor about the flight movement and arrived at the airport by 2328 hours, the sources told UNI. The flight had just pushed back when the Governor’s vehicle had reached the tarmac.
Sources claimed that the AI ground staff did not communicate with the pilot about the governor’s arrival.
Raj Bhavan had described leaving the Governor behind as a “serious mistake” while Air India maintained that the flight left on time as part of its policy of carrying out operations on time. By 11.24pm, all passengers except the governor’s team had boarded the flight. But when he reached the airport, the flight had already taken off at 11.30 pm, the sources said. Following this, he had to stay back in Kochi, and reached Thiruvananthapuram this morning via road.
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