The Hush Post: Creating a mid-air panic on a New Delhi-Patna GoAir flight, a man tried to open plane’s exit. A first-time flier, a passenger on GoAir’s New Delhi Patna flight did so mistaking it as a toilet’s door. But, by doing so, he created panic among the fellow fliers.
Some fellow fliers saw this man walking towards plane’s rear end and trying to open an exit door. Panicked passengers rushed towards him shouting not to do so. The crew members also ran towards him. After some struggle, they managed to stop the man from opening the exit door, a report said.
The cabin crew members kept the passenger under watch throughout the remaining journey.
When the flight landed in Patna, the crew members handed him over to the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). The CIFS personnel took him to the Airport police station and detained him.
“We investigated the entire matter,” Mohammad Sanowar Khan, SHO of Airport police station was quoted in the report.
He did so mistaking it as toilet’s door; GoAir passenger was a first-time flier
“The youth has been identified as a resident of Kankarbagh. He works with a private bank in Ajmer in Rajasthan and had boarded the GoAir Delhi-Patna flight on Saturday evening. The incident took place sometime between 7pm and 8pm. He was a first-time flier and whatever happened was a result of confusion,” the SHO said.
“People asked him why he was doing so (trying to open the exit gate). He told them that he needed to use the washroom urgently and kept tugging at the exit door. Pandemonium prevailed amid all this and he was restrained and finally handed over to us. He said that the confusion happened because he had boarded a flight for the first time in his life,” the cop said.
After verifying his claim, the police released him on personal bond late in the evening.
“One of the fliers was trying to open the rear door on flight G8 149. A passenger alerted the crew members who restrained him. He was later handed over to the CISF, which handed him to the local police in Patna. The case is with the police now,” Vaibhav Tiwari, GoAir’s Corporate Communications head was quoted as saying in the report
Meanwhile, according to the aircraft engineers doors of an airborne plane cannot be opened due to cabin pressure.
“Though doors of an aircraft cannot be opened while it is airborne, the act itself was such that it created fear among our passengers onboard,” Vaibhav Tiwari said.