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IndiGo Pilot Assault: Co-flyer Narrates Experience Amidst Questions on Airline’s Management

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A recent incident on an IndiGo flight involving the assault of co-captain Anup Kumar has sparked controversy and raised concerns about the airline’s management. A co-passenger has taken to X to share his first-hand account, shedding light on the events leading up to the unfortunate incident.

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In a tweet on X, the co-passenger began, “Recent news has covered the assault on IndiGo Flight 6E2175 pilot on Jan 14. As a witness, I feel compelled to share my first-hand account of the incident.” While expressing disapproval of violence, he emphasized his intention to provide insight into the situation.

Flight 6E2175 experienced substantial delays, with scheduled takeoff at 7:40 AM eventually departing at 05:35 PM. Boarding, which commenced around 12:20 PM after a 5-hour delay due to bad weather, involved approximately 186 passengers, including infants and elderly individuals.

Despite completing boarding by 12:40 PM, the flight doors remained open until 2:50 PM, with ground staff attributing the delay to air traffic control (ATC) clearance issues. The co-passenger noted discrepancies in information provided by ground staff and crew members engaging in unprofessional behavior.

Requests for water from elderly passengers were allegedly ignored as crew members were occupied in conversations. The delayed crew member arrived at 2:40 PM, and the plane doors closed, yet the plane did not push back immediately, leading to inquiries and a verbal altercation with crew members.

At around 3:20 PM, the assistant captain addressed passengers about the delay, and the assault occurred during this communication. The co-passenger questioned, “Violence is unacceptable, but what about Indigo’s mismanagement, unprofessionalism, and 185 passengers stranded without food for hours?”

Highlighting the delayed provision of food until after 4:00 PM, he raised concerns about Indigo’s handling of the situation. The co-passenger called for authorities to investigate the alleged unprofessional conduct and ensure better management in the future.

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In response, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia emphasized the unacceptability of unruly passenger behavior. IndiGo labeled the passenger as ‘unruly’ and is considering placing him on the no-fly list for up to 30 days. The airline reaffirmed its commitment to passenger and crew safety, maintaining a zero-tolerance policy for disruptive behavior.

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