New York-Delhi direct flight will get caught in London – Occasions of India

NEW DELHI: A New York-Delhi nonstop is a 14-15 hour-ride however almost 300 passengers who left New York Sunday morning (India time) on American Airways flight AA 292 have been cooling their heels in London since Monday afternoon (IST) after the battle needed to be diverted to Heathrow as a result of a medical emergency on board. Now they’re anticipated to take off from there for Delhi on Wednesday.
American Airways has permission to function scheduled providers between India and the US. Subsequently, working this Boeing 777 from London to Delhi required particular permission. It’s doable until the nod got here, the stranded passengers had been knowledgeable that they might need to fly again to New York after which head from there to Delhi.
Whereas that want didn’t come up because the Indian Directorate Common of Civil Aviation (DGCA) allowed this American plane to fly from London to Delhi as a non-scheduled (constitution) operation with a distinct flight quantity AA 295, the identical is prone to function on Wednesday (June 1) because the airline arranges for crew to do the identical. This implies the 300 passengers who had left New York on Could 30 will attain Delhi two days afterward June 1 (IST) as a substitute of what was to be a 15-hour journey. A DGCA official mentioned AA 295 “obtained canceled as a result of crew obligation time limitations”.
In an announcement, American Airways mentioned: “On Sunday, American Airways flight 292 from New York (JFK) to Delhi (DEL) diverted to London Heathrow (LHR) as a result of a medical emergency on board. The flight was unable to proceed as a result of crew relaxation necessities and is presently awaiting approval from numerous governmental authorities as wanted to re-depart to Delhi.”
AA 292 took off from JFK at 9.19 pm on Could 29 (New York time), which is 6.49 am IST on Could 30. An Indian passenger onboard the flight reportedly took sick when the plane was flying over Europe. Attributable to this medical emergency the crew determined to move to London Heathrow the place they landed at 2.23 pm on Could 30 (IST).

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