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    US Crew in Trouble Over Mutiny on Norwegian Airplane During Snowstorm

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    Norwegian aviation authorities are investigating a recent Norwegian Airlines flight from New York to Stockholm after four of nine cabin crew members walked off the job, citing safety concerns amidst a snowstorm.

    Swedish and Norwegian media revealed Sunday that several cabin crew members of a Norwegian Airlines flight carrying 196 passengers walked off the job January 26 after a tense verbal conflict between the pilot and several cabin crew members. The crew members had voiced their disagreement with the pilot about the safety of the flight, citing worries that the plane would not be able to take off amid a snowstorm that had engulfed the US East Coast.

    Several other flights had been canceled due to the storm, and four to five tons of snow were said to have accumulated on the wings of the plane, Sweden's Expressen.se explained.

    Norwegian Airlines flight operations head Tomas Hesthammer told Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet that the American crew who had disobeyed the captain's orders had also violated safety regulations. The crew members in question are currently suspended from work while the matter is being investigated. Norwegian Civil Aviation Authority director Einar Schjolberg noted that the airline itself is under investigation for the potential violation of safety regulations, while Norwegian counters that the flight still had the bare minimum of personnel required to ensure passenger safety.

    Norwegian Airlines Communications head Charlotte Holmsbergh Jacobsson told Sweden's TT that ultimately, it was the pilot's "responsibility [to ensure] security on board and he is the one who makes the call whether it’s safe to fly or not. That’s not a task for the cabin crew."

    Passenger Lii Hylander told Espressen.se that despite the walk-off, "the pilot was very calm and collected," explaining that the plane "would lift off with half the crew," and that "once we were in the air, the flight went just fine."

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    United States, blizzard, flight safety, snowstorm, storm, safety concerns, flight, snow, walk-off, Norwegian Airlines, Sweden, New York City, Stockholm
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