Passenger Attacks Indian Pilot Over Flight Delay Frustration
In a startling incident at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, an IndiGo flight bound for Goa became the focal point of attention when an enraged passenger physically assaulted the aircraft’s co-captain, Anup Kumar, during a delay announcement. The incident occurred on Sunday and was captured on video, subsequently shared online, sparking criticism against the unruly passenger.
The video footage reveals the passenger, identified as Sahil Kataria, rushing up to Captain Kumar and physically assaulting him in a fit of anger while he was addressing the passengers about the prolonged delay, which had already extended beyond 10 hours. The visibly agitated passenger bypassed a food service trolley to land at least one blow on Captain Kumar before being restrained by a fellow passenger on the flight, designated as 6E2175.
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A passenger punched an Indigo capt in the aircraft as he was making delay announcement. The guy ran up from the last row and punched the new Capt who replaced the previous crew who crossed FDTL. Unbelievable ! @DGCAIndia @MoCA_GoI pic.twitter.com/SkdlpWbaDd
— Capt_Ck (@Capt_Ck) January 14, 2024
The delay was attributed to Flight Duty Time Limitations (FDTL) norms, necessitating the replacement of the previous crew. IndiGo crew members swiftly intervened after the assault, rushing to assist Captain Kumar in the aftermath of the incident.
Following the assault, the passenger was promptly taken into police custody for further investigations. IndiGo also took to social media to announce their efforts to place the ‘unruly’ passenger on the ‘no-fly list,’ in accordance with established guidelines.
The incident sheds light on the challenges airlines face in managing passenger frustrations and disruptive behavior, especially during unforeseen delays. The airline’s response, both in terms of addressing the unruly passenger and providing support to the affected crew member, underscores the importance of ensuring safety and security in such situations. The video evidence shared online has contributed to public awareness and scrutiny, emphasizing the need for measures to prevent and address disruptive incidents within the aviation industry.