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Section of Kingfisher engineers goes on a strike

Sep 30, 2012 09:01 PM IST India India

Mumbai: A section of engineers of the 'near-bankrupt' Kingfisher Airlines went on a strike on Sunday evening over non-payment of salaries, affecting the flight operations.

Sources said that Kingfisher engineers manhandled a senior manager at the Mumbai airport.

Sources also said that all fights between Delhi, Mumbai and Bangalore have been cancelled.

"Passengers are stuck inside aircraft after ground staff refused to man aerobridges to allow them to disembark," Sources said.

As per the DGCA norms, an aircraft can't take off unless its air worthiness is certified by the airline's engineers.

Kingfisher management, which has not paid salaries to most of its staff since March, had a meeting with representatives of employees last week, but failed to give any firm assurance.

The Vijay Mallya-owned airline is saddled with bank loans of Rs 7,000 crore which it has not serviced since January.

With Additional Inputs From PTI