Pune: A SpiceJet passenger had to be handed over to police on Pune airport after the airline staff found 22 bullets in his baggage on Thursday. At 4.45 AM, SpiceJet Staff detected 22 bullets of .22 caliber from the baggage of a passenger bound for Bangalore by flight No. SG-519.
Since the passenger couldn’t produce valid documents for carrying the bullets, he was handed over to the police for further legal action, reported ANI.
The same day, a Dubai-bound flight of the same airline landed back at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai moments after taking off. The situation arose due to a technical glitch in the aircraft. SG13 was delayed by four hours following the glitch. It was not clear as to how many passengers were on board plane at the time of the incident.
Meanwhile, the airline has come under the scanner for a purported new year’s eve celebration aboard one of its flights. Aviation regulator DGCA has sought an explanation from SpiceJet after a video showed passengers indulging in New Year revelry onboard a Goa-Amritsar flight, reported PTI.
The incident occurred on December 31 when the flight SG 282 was “cruising” at 35,000 feet.
The source said such activities while flying could be a violation of flight safety norms. To check whether there had been any violations, the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) had sought an explanation from the crew of that flight, the source added.
A senior DGCA official said it had received the airline’s response also and was “looking into it”.
The SpiceJet spokesperson said the video circulating on social media had not been shot by the airline crew. “Also the video footage has been edited and music added in the background at a later stage,” he added.
According to the statement, to celebrate New Year festivities, SpiceJet had also offered a complimentary brownie to all passengers on all flights that were to arrive just around midnight of December 31.