New Delhi: A passenger traveling from Mumbai to Chandigarh in IndiGo flight accidentally opened the emergency door of the plane just before take-off at the Mumbai airport.
The incident took place at around 11 AM when the flight was taxing on the runway on Friday, February 10.
An airport official confirmed the incident to leading portal Hindustan Times saying, “The incident took place around 11 am.
It led to the packed flight being held up for nearly two hours.” There were 176 passengers on-board. As per the reports, IndiGo has lodged a complaint against the passenger and the investigation is underway.
The air line announced a statement :
” IndiGo confirms of an unruly behaviour reported on IndiGo flight 6E 4134 from Mumbai to Chandigarh, this morning. Just after the boarding got completed, while the aircraft was stationary, a passenger seated on seat number 12C suddenly opened the emergency exit door and inflated the slide. IndiGo staff on board immediately observed this and alerted the Captain-in-Command. In this process, a co-passenger seated on 12A received bruises. Taking a precautionary measure, the Captain immediately informed the ground staff of the situation on board and instructed the team to arrange for medical assistance and other necessary action. Simultaneously, the Captain informed all 176 passengers on board via inflight announcement, and switched off the aircraft engine. The passenger who opened the emergency exit door of the aircraft was handed over to the security staff and the CISF at the Mumbai airport.
Any untoward behaviour which compromises the safety of our passengers, crew or the aircraft is of a serious concern to us. IndiGo has filed the FIR against this passenger. This matter is now with the local authorities.
We regret the inconvenience caused to other passengers on board. “