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Probe over flight delay caused by pilots’ chief

Air Malta is investigating the delay of a flight from Milan to Malta after the captain waited 30 minutes for airline pilots’ association (ALPA) president Domenic Azzopardi, The Sunday Times has learnt. Sources said the incident took place on KM629 from Milan Malpensa airport to Malta on July 27, frustrating a planeload of passengers on the airport taxiway. Sources said the passenger air bridge had already been disconnected from the aircraft when the decision to delay departure was taken. The four late passengers were Captain Azzopardi, his wife – television presenter Simone Cini, and two children. Contacted yesterday, Captain Azzopardi vehemently denied being late for the flight, insisting he was on time but found the gate closed when he went to board the plane. “There was a problem with security,” he said. He said it was not uncommon for pilots to delay flights if they were aware passengers were grounded or if they knew there was a late connecting flight. However, sources said that Capt. Azzopardi and his family actually checked in at 11.30 a.m., 15 minutes after the flight should have departed. When contacted, Air Malta confirmed it had received a number of complaints from… timesofmalta.com http://www.allplacedout.com/probe-over-flight-delay-caused-by-pilots-chief/

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