Passengers on board had a curious story to tell as to why Indigo flight 6E 179, supposed to depart at 8.10 a.m., could not take off before 9.40 a.m.
"First the flight was held up by a slight fog. Then, just when we were about to fly, the doors were opened again at around 9 as a middle-aged man seated a couple of seats away from me objected to a woman piloting the plane," co-passenger Partha Guha told IANS.
The man apparently turned jittery after the customary flight announcement was made, giving the pilot's name - it was a woman.
"The man first started grumbling to co-passengers, 'Marna hai kya? Ghar nahi sambhalta, plane kya sambhalegi?' (I don't want to die! She can't take care of the house, how will she take care of a plan?)
The man relented only after he was told he would be taken off the plane -- with his check in baggage.
An airport official admitted that there was a "mentally unsound" man on board the plane.
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