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Polish flight grounded because of over-60 pilots

Matthew Day

Published 24/02/2012 | 12:00

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A POLISH airlines flight from London to Warsaw was grounded after a routine inspection found that both pilots were too old.

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Inspectors from the British Civil Aviation Authority found that the LOT pilots were over 60, in contravention of international air regulations that forbid both members of a flight crew to be 60 or over.

The 70 Warsaw-bound passengers had to wait five hours while a reserve pilot was flown from the Polish capital to Heathrow.

“LOT knows the rules and strictly adheres to them,” the Polish airline said in a statement. “But in this case there was an unfortunate coincidence. The crew roster was completed shortly before the aircraft left Warsaw, and the crew scheduling system did not issue a warning that both pilots were over 60, which it always does.”

In 2006 the International Civil Aviation Authority ruled that a pilot 60 or older has to be paired with a pilot under 60 after it extended the maximum age of a pilot by five years to 65.

LOT said that it provided passengers with free food and drink to compensate them for the delay. Flight LO281/282, which had been due to leave at 10:35 eventually took off for Poland at 15:45.

Telegraph.co.uk

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