Doctors, especially surgeons, can hold life and death in their hands. Their skills can rescue someone who, without them, would come to the end of their life. That’s a tremendous power and responsibility. Do that over and over, with not just a person hanging in the balance but all of the hopes of their loved ones as well.
Pilots carry a huge responsibility. Throughout most of human history people couldn’t fly. But here we are, hundreds of people in a plane relying on the person sitting in the little room at the front, lives hanging in the balance. And if a pilot ever watched Alec Baldwin in Malice, well, they might even want to be a doctor.
In India the pilots seem to have even more of a swagger than Alec Baldwin. If they want to land on a road, they may just consider landing on a road. They fight each other. If they’re scheduled to fly somewhere they don’t want to go — even for an airline’s inaugural flight — they simply don’t show up.
And if they don’t get assigned their preferred female crew on a trip to the Maldives they’ll refuse to take off until the airline sends her onboard.
So it probably shouldn’t be that surprising that three different pilots, of three different flights, all faked fuel emergencies on the same day at the same airport to get priority landing clearance.
At the Kolkata airport on November 30:
- An IndiGo pilot declared a fuel emergency in order to jump ahead of more than half a dozen planes waiting to land.
- Overhearing the conversation an Air India pilot then declared a fuel emergency, too.
- Then a SpiceJet pilot did as well.
- Even though all “had enough jet fuel to fly to an alternative airport and attempt at least two landings”
Even though air traffic conversations are recorded, SpiceJet says their pilot didn’t really do it.
(HT: Emily McNutt)