New Delhi: A few passengers onboard an IndiGo Delhi-Jeddah flight on Tuesday evening tried to forcibly open an aircraft door when it was taxiing for takeoff, prompting the captain to return to the parking bay. The passengers were asked to deboard the plane. Also Read - Domestic Flights: IndiGo Starts Flight Services From Bareilly to Mumbai, Bengaluru From April 29
The incident took place as the flight departed from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport when a male passenger along with a few others got up from their seats, created a ruckus and tried to open the aircraft’s door causing a delay of around two hours. Also Read - IndiGo Flight Diverted to Karachi Due to Medical Emergency, Passenger Declared Dead on Arrival
The crew initially tried to pacify the passengers but resorted to off-loading them due to their “unruly behaviour”. Along with the group leader, three female and a male passenger were also off-loaded from the plane, according to the official. Also Read - IndiGo to Operate Select Domestic Flights From T1 of Mumbai Airport From March 10. Details Here
“A group of 110 passengers of connecting flight from Srinagar were travelling on this A321 aircraft. Their two co-passengers were off-loaded at the boarding gate as they had lost their boarding pass,” an official told news agency PTI.
“During taxiing (for takeoff) the group leader demanded that two members of their group be accepted on board. Crew stopped him and convinced him to be seated on his place but again passenger shouted on board and tried to open the door,” he added.
An IndiGo spokesperson responded on the matter and said that a report has been filed with relevant authorities as per protocol to look into the unruly behaviour displayed by the passengers on 6E1741 IndiGo flight.
An anti-sabotage drill was performed and the flight ultimately took off around 11 PM.