Go First departs Bengaluru leaving 50 passengers behind; DGCA seeks report


A Go First plane which was Delhi-bound reportedly left the Bengaluru airport without any of its nearly 50 passengers. The passengers were left waiting in a shuttle bus for boarding. The aviation regulator DGCA has sought a report from the airline on the incident.

The airport officials and staff later issued all the passengers fresh boarding passes. The passengers were accommodated on a flight which left Bengaluru at 10 am on Monday.

Some passengers alleged on social media that a busload of passengers were not taken onboard the Go First flight from Bengaluru to Delhi. Flight G8 116 departed at 6.40 am on Monday, January 9 leaving behind the passengers, they alleged. Go First declined to comment on the incident.

Go First plane left Bengaluru airport without any of its nearly 50 passengers; DGCA seeks report

However, in response to one of the tweets, the airline urged the users to share their details and said: “We regret the inconvenience caused”. “Flight G8 116 (BLR-DEL) flew leaving passengers on the ground! More than 50 passengers on 1 bus were left on the ground & the flight took off with just passengers of 1 bus on board. Is @GoFirstairways @JM_Scindia @PMOIndia operating in sleep? No Basic checks!” said a tweet from a passenger named Satish Kumar.

Another passenger Shreya Sinha too complained on Twitter, saying, “most horrifying experience with @GoFirstairways 5:35 am Boarded the bus for aircraft 6:30 am Still in bus stuffed with over 50 passengers, the driver stopped the bus after being forced. Flight G8 116 takes off, leaving 50+ passengers. Heights of negligence! @DGCAIndia”.

A senior official at the Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) said, “We have sought a report from the airline and appropriate action shall be taken afterwards”.

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