A passenger travelling by an Indigo flight from Dubai to Kozhikode has been detained in Mumbai for allegedly misbehaving and shouting pro IS slogans inside the aircraft on Thursday. The man allegedly did this mid-air forcing the pilot to divert the aircraft to Mumbai.
The plane landed in Mumbai at 9.15 a.m. and the man was handed over to the local police. The passenger has been charged with unruly behaviour on board the aircraft. AFter off-loading the passenger, the flight took off for its destination at 10.30 a.m.
Indigo released a statement in connection with this: “IndiGo confirms the diversion of its flight 6E 89 (Dubai-Calicut) to Mumbai this morning on grounds of unruly behavior on board. A little before landing, a passenger seated on 5D (who was accompanied by his brother) suddenly started misbehaving with the crew. He jumped on the forward cart (which is used for food and onboard merchandise) and sat on it. The crew immediately informed the Captain-in-command and the lead crew. The lead, politely requested the passenger to step down from the cart and he obliged. This passenger after stepping down from the cart, suddenly got violent and started physically abusing the other co-passenger.
Taking the precautionary measure, the Captain immediately informed the Air Traffic control (ATC) and the ground security staff about the situation onboard. The flight made the precautionary landing at the Mumbai airport where this passenger was handed over to the CISF for further investigations. The matter is now with the local authorities.
At IndiGo, safety and security of passengers and crew are of top priority and at no time safety can be compromised.”
(With Agency Inputs)