NEW DELHI: A Delhi-Jeddah IndiGo flight had to return to Delhi Airport on Tuesday night after taxiing for take off when two passengers created a scene inside the aircraft as two of their co-passengers were off-loaded from the flight due to losing their boarding card.
According to sources, a group of 110 people from Srinagar were travelling via Delhi to Jeddah. Two of them lost their connecting boarding card and were not allowed to board the the Airbus A321 (VT-IUH) that was to operate from Delhi to Jeddah as 6E 1741.
“While the aircraft was taxiing, the group leader demanded that the two passengers be accepted on board. The IndiGo crew tried to pacify this person and asked him to take his seat as the aircraft was taxiing. But two on board reportedly got very agitated and tried to open the aircraft door to stop it. When they resorted to this, the captain decided to return to the terminal where two male and three women passengers were offloaded with their three checked-in bags,” said an official.
A complete anti-sabotage drill was performed. The aircraft, which has a schedule departure time of 8.10 pm, finally took off with a delay of three hours.
An IndiGo spokesperson said: “We confirm the incident on 6E1741 operating from Delhi to Jeddah on February 18, 2020. Some passengers displayed unruly behaviour and were offloaded to continue flight operations. A report has been filed with the relevant authorities as per protocol.”