A passenger on an IndiGo flight opens an emergency exit; DGCA orders a probe

IndiGo, A320

An IndiGo flight from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli had an incident when a passenger unintentionally opened the emergency exit doors.

On December 10, 2022, a passenger on IndiGo flight 6E 7339 from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli accidentally unlocked the emergency exit doors during the landing process, which caused panic among the co-passengers.

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A passenger on IndiGo flight 6E 7339 from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli accidentally unlocked the emergency exit doors during the landing process

A DGCA senior official stated on Tuesday, January 17, that the incident had been properly reported and that no safety had been compromised.

“The passenger immediately apologised for the action. As per SOPs (Standard Operating Procedures), the incident was logged and the aircraft underwent mandatory engineering checks, which led to a delay in the flight’s departure.”

–IndiGo said in a statement

According to a DGCA official, it appears that the passenger unintentionally opened the Right-Hand emergency exit while the aircraft was on the ground.

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A DGCA official claims that it seems the passenger unintentionally opened the right emergency exit while the plane was on the ground.

“The event was duly reported. It appears that by mistake, the RH emergency exit got opened by a passenger while the Aircraft was on the ground. The crew took note and resultantly, all appropriate Airworthiness actions such as reinstalling of the door, pressurization check etc were carried out before the release of the Aircraft for departure. No safety was compromised.”

–DGCA Official

The DGCA ordered an investigation into the incident that happened on Indigo flight 6E 7339 on December 10, 2022, earlier on Tuesday. Due to the incident, the flight was two hours late because it was needed to deplane passengers and conduct inspections. The flight eventually took off after pressurisation checks. 

It was later found out that Tejasvi Surya, the National President of the BJP Yuva Morcha and the party’s MP from Bengaluru South, allegedly opened the emergency exit door of the IndiGo aircraft before takeoff. On January 17, Union Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia claimed the incident happened by “mistake” and that Surya had “apologised” for the same a day after it was reported that Tejasvi Surya had unlocked the emergency exit door of the flight before takeoff.

This event is only the most recent in a slew of examples involving unruly travellers that have come to light this month.

In addition to the “peeing” incident on aircraft, a heated argument between a passenger and a flight attendant on an IndiGo trip last year went popular on social media.

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A passenger named Shankar Mishra is accused of peeing on a 70-year-old passenger aboard an Air India business class aircraft while inebriated.

The episode from November 2022, now known as the “Air India pee-gate” scandal, was arguably the most widely reported. On a business class aircraft operated by Air India, a man called Shankar Mishra is accused of peeing on a 70-year-old passenger while intoxicated. Earlier this month, he was taken into custody by Delhi Police, who have now filed an FIR.

Then, on a different Air India flight from Paris to New Delhi, there were two further instances of misbehaviour.

While one inebriated passenger was observed smoking in the restroom and disobeying the crew, another allegedly discharged himself on a female passenger’s empty seat and blanket while she was using the restroom.

Also read: Air India passenger incident: What? How? When?

An earlier incident of in-flight harassment occurred on a New Delhi-Goa GoFirst aircraft, where a foreign traveller is accused of acting inappropriately with female flight attendants. In the meantime, IndiGo Airlines denied last week’s accusations of a drunken altercation on a flight from the national capital to Patna.

A foreign passenger is accused of acting inappropriately with female flight attendants in an earlier case of in-flight harassment on a New Delhi-Goa GoFirst plane.

The DGCA recently requested that the head of operations of the airlines educate pilots, cabin crew, and the director of in-flight services of their respective airlines on how to handle unruly passengers in accordance with appropriate procedures after taking note of instances of unruly behaviour by air passengers where pilots and cabin crew members failed to take appropriate action.

Source: ANI

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