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Unruly passengers force IndiGo Delhi-Jeddah flight to turn back

A group of five passengers were offloaded for their unruly behavior, according to airline officials

Unruly passengers force IndiGo Delhi-Jeddah flight to turn back

A group of five passengers were subsequently offloaded and handed over to security personnel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, Courtesy: Airbus 

An IndiGo flight to Jeddah from Delhi on Tuesday evening had to turn back to the parking bay after it started taxiing for take-off, after few passengers on board created a ruckus and one of them tried to open the aircraft’s door.

A group of five passengers were subsequently offloaded and handed over to security personnel at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi, causing a delay of more than three hours before the flight resumed operations.

“We confirm the incident o 6E1741 operating from Delhi to Jeddah on February 18, 2020. Some passengers displayed unruly behaviour and were offloaded to continue flight operations,” IndiGo said in a statement.

“A report has been filed with the relevant authorities as per protocol," the airline said.

Agitated

The incident took place on IndiGo’s Jeddah flight when a number of passengers, who were part of a larger group travelling from Delhi to Jeddah, became agitated over the fact that two of their fellow members could not make it to the flight. The passengers began arguing with the crew and ultimately tried to open the aircraft's door.

According to airline sources, the offloaded passengers were part of a group of 110 passengers of the airline’s connecting flight from Srinagar (capital of the north Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir). Their two co-passengers were stopped at boarding gate at the Delhi airport as they had lost their boarding passes.

"During taxiing for takeoff, the group leader demanded that two members of their group be accepted on board. Crew stopped him and convinced him to be seated on his place but again the passenger shouted on board and tried to open the door," the sources said.

Following the commotion on board, the flight captain decided to return to parking bay.

​Following the offloading of the unruly passengers, an anti-sabotage drill was performed on the flight as per the safety procedure.

The IndiGo flight, which was scheduled to depart for Jeddah at 8.10pm, finally departed three hours later at 11.10pm (local time in India).

Airport sources at Delhi said the IndiGo incident is currently being investigated by the Delhi Police.

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