A London bound Jet Airways flight from Mumbai on Sunday remained stranded in Romania for more than four hours after it was diverted to Bucharest following a medical emergency onboard. A passenger on flight took to social media and complained about the schedule.
“The commander of Jet Airways 9W 116 which is now stranded at Bucharest tells us that while all local clearances have been given, they are waiting for the goddamn DGCA to give them an approval and that too from Bombay? How stupid can things get?” he tweeted.
Tagging Union Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha and Suresh Prabhu in another tweet, he wrote “passengers on Jet Airways 9W 116 have been sitting in the plane at Bucharest which has now been on the Tarmac for four hours. Waiting for some stupid chap in the DGCA BOMBAY to give us an approval to take off for London. What’s going on Jayant Sinha and Suresh Prabhu?”
Reacting to the tweet, Suresh Prabhu said “I am getting this looked into and sorted out immediately.”
Minutes later, the Ministry of Civil Aviation tweeted that no permission from the Directorate General of Civil Aviation was required but they were awaiting clearance from Boeing, the aircraft manufacturer, as the flight had landed with excess fuel weight.
“There is no permission pending from DGCA. However, since the landing was with excess fuel weight (en route London), clearance has been sought from the manufacturer (Boeing) so that there is no technical safety issue on take-off. Should take off as soon as the clearance is received,” the tweet read. A response from Jet Airways on the incident is awaited.