In a major security scare at Mumbai airport, a passenger of an IndiGo flight opened an emergency exit of the plane moments before the flight was to take-off. A passenger was injured in the incident.
An FIR has been filed against the passenger and he has been accused of a "major security breach" on the Mumbai-Chandigarh flight.
According to the airline, the incident occurred on its flight 6E 4134 from Mumbai to Chandigarh on Friday morning, when a passenger opened the emergency exit door of the aircraft.
"Just after the boarding got completed (while the aircraft was stationary), a passenger seated on seat number 12C suddenly opened the emergency exit door and inflated the slide," the airline said in a statement.
"In this process, a co-passenger seated on 12A received bruises. Taking a precautionary measure, the captain immediately informed the ground staff about the situation on board and instructed the team to arrange for medical assistance and other necessary action."
"Simultaneously, the captain informed all 176 passengers on-board via inflight announcement, and switched off the aircraft engine," the statement pointed out.
"Any untoward behaviour which compromises the safety of our passengers, crew or the aircraft is of a serious concern to us. IndiGo has filed an FIR against this passenger. This matter is now with the authorities," the airline said.
The passenger was handed over to the security staff and the Central Industrial Security Force, which looks after airport security.
The flight was delayed for over two hours due to the incident.
IndiGo, a budget airline headquartered in Gurgaon, is one of the most successful private carriers in India.