German pilots ground over 200 flights after refusing to deport asylum seekers
Flight crews did not want to help send people back to Afghanistan, local media report
German pilots have reportedly grounded more than 200 flights after refusing to be involved in the deportations of failed asylum-seekers.
Flight crews said they did not want to participate in sending people back to Afghanistan, where violence is still rife following years of war and occupation by Western forces.
Between January and September 222 flights were cancelled, according to German government figures, with most – 140 – coming at Frankfurt airport.
At least one similar refusal is known to have taken place in the UK when British Airways pilot refused to take off while Samim Bigzad was on board earlier this year.
Mr Bigzad, an Afghan, faced deportation to the city where the Taliban had threatened to kill him before the pilot intervened, saying: “You’re not going to take him; I’m not flying. Someone’s life is at risk.”
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