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Saudi airline pilot refuses to fly plane in India

Eight hour delay for passengers in Lucknow due to health concerns.
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Saudi Arabian Airlines was forced to delay a Jeddah-bound flight by eight hours this week, after a pilot refused to fly the aircraft due to health concerns.

Flight SV881 was scheduled to depart from Amausi Airport, near the Indian city of Lucknow, with 284 passengers on board, according to a report in The Times of India.

However, the pilot reported uneasiness and refused to fly. He was later taken to a local hospital.

Passengers were taken to the terminal waiting room, while a second pilot was drafted – the same pilot that had flown the plane from Jeddah to Lucknow and needed an eight-hour rest.

Airport authorities refused to officially comment on the incident, although a source admitted that an international flight was delayed.

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