A Guwahati-bound Indigo flight (6E-462) that left from Hyderabad was forced to make an emergency landing in Bhubaneswar on Sunday after a passenger tried to open the main door of the plane while it was airborne. The incident took place early Monday morning and the passenger has been identified as 20-year-old Irshad Ali.
Following the ruckus, the flight, which had taken off from Hyderabad airport at 4.50 am, was diverted to Biju Patnaik International Airport in Bhubaneshwar and the passenger was handed over to police, according to ANI. According to reports, Irshad has mental health issues.
“Ali attempted to open the aircraft door during the flight, creating a mid-air scare. With the help of a few passengers and his co-passenger Abdul Karim, he was somehow restrained. The flight was then diverted to Bhubaneswar, where it landed at 6:10 am,” airport director SC Hota told Hindustan Times.
Abdul Karim, who accompanying Irshad, also got off the plane voluntarily in Bhubaneswar. Irshad works at an ice-cream parlour in Hyderabad. He was going to Guwahati after his mother had passed away on Saturday.
Police did not file an FIR against Irshad as he did not misbehave with any of the cabin crew.
“We verified his history and also interrogated him as to why he resorted to unruly behaviour onboard. He didn't misbehave with any cabin crew members. He was only impatient and was showing anxiety. He broke flight's safety rule for which he was punished as he was deplaned. So, no FIR has been registered against him,” inspector-in-charge (airport police station) Umakanta Pradhan told Times of India.
Irshad was taken to Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar as he showed signs of depression.
After deplaning Irshad and Abdul, the flight left for Guwahati at 7.13 am and it reached the destination at 8.30 am.