Thiruvananthapuram, Oct. 19 -- The three-hour long hijack drama at Thiruvananthapuram airport came to an end by 1.30 pm today after the Air India Express flight from Abu Dhabi left for its destination Kochi. Action will be taken against the pilot who pressed the hijack alarm which alerted almost all airports in the country.
The pilot said he took the extreme step after some angry passengers tried to enter the cockpit. However passengers denied this. Airport officials who made a preliminary inquiry admitted that the pilot overshot his brief.
Trouble began for the passengers of Abu Dhabi-Kochi flight (flight no 4422) after it was diverted to Thiruvananthapuram due to bad weather in Kochi.
Landed at Thiruvannahtpauram airport at 6.30am passengers were promised to fly back to Kochi once the weather is cleared.
"After three hours of wait we were told to go to Kochi by road. Air-condition was switched off and we weren't given water or food. Then we refused to vacate the plane," one of the passengers complained.
According to passengers the flight which was already three hours late was diverted to Thiruvananthapuram without informing them. Though the Air India authorities wanted to arrest some of the passengers police refused to do this.
"The issue has been settled amicably. We will ask the Airport Authority of India to conduct a detailed investigation," said state home minister Thiruvanchur Radhakrishnan.
Published by HT Syndication with permission from Hindustan Times.