BJP’s MP Tejasvi Surya has been alleged by a co-passenger to have accidentally opened the emergency exit of the Indigo flight on 10th December. Eyewitnesses alleged that the cabin crew were briefing the passengers on safety protocol to be followed when Tejasvi Surya, who was sitting near an emergency exit, opened it.
The incident took place on Indigo flight 6E 7339 on 10 December 2022. The ATR 72-600 aircraft flying from Chennai to Trichy was scheduled to take off at 10.05 am but was delayed by 142 minutes after a passenger “accidentally” pulled down the lever and unlocked the emergency exit.
Chennai airport authorities and Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) officials confirmed that the emergency exit on the flight was opened by a passenger, but they refused to confirm whether MP Tejasvi Surya was the passenger in question.
What Did Indigo Say?
“It was a mistake,” sources in Indigo said in describing the incident.
“Someone had opened the emergency exit and immediately the crew intervened, and due process was followed. The aircraft was sent for thorough inspection as per norms. Only after all procedures were followed was the aircraft ready for departure,” the Indigo source said.
“The said passenger apologised to the crew and gave an apology in writing. The passenger was vacated from the exit row seat and seated elsewhere, as per norms. Details of the passenger cannot be revealed,” official sources from Indigo said, while acknowledging that the airline had not issued any official statement about the very serious incident.
Indigo And DGCA Internal Resolution?
It is reported that initially the matter had been dealt with between Indigo and DGCA and also the passenger immediately apologized but later the incident came to the limelight.
What Did Tejasvi Surya Say?
The MP neither confirmed nor denied the incident but insisted that he would respond only if DGCA or Indigo airlines put out an official statement.
More than a month after the incident, neither DGCA nor Indigo airlines made any official statement but today ordered a probe into the matter.
On Dec 10th, a passenger opened the emergency door creating a scare among passengers in IndiGo 6E flight 6E-7339 from Chennai to Trivandrum. The flight took off after pressurisation checks soon after. DGCA has ordered a probe into the matter: DGCA
— ANI (@ANI) January 17, 2023
Kunal Kamra Takes A Dig At Indigo
Comedian Kunal Kamra, who was banned by IndiGo for six months due to “unacceptable behaviour”, was one of the first ones to take note of the incident involving Surya and took to social media to make his point.
What happened on board flight 6E7339 on 10th December 2022 @IndiGo6E remains a Mystery.
The emergency exit door was opened
A powerful person was involved hence not reported to DGCA
An apology letter was written
— Kunal Kamra (@kunalkamra88) January 17, 2023
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