Pilot refuses to land in Mumbai

The pilot of an Iran Air flight from Tehran to Mumbai on Friday refused to land in the city, citing bad weather.

The aircraft, a 24-year-old Airbus with around 200 passengers, circled Mumbai for close to an hour before flying back to land at Zahedan on the Iran-Afghanistan border after declaring a fuel emergency.

The flight was the only one to return without landing on Friday. “Though rare, such calls are for the pilot to take and have to be respected. The ATC or airport operator have a limited role in such decision-making,” an airport official said. The airline was not available for comment.

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