Delhi airport witnessed a tense scene on Sunday after a GoAir pilot allegedly made life-threatening remarks to passengers.
GoAir flight G8-113 bound for Bengaluru was delayed, apparently because the pilots were late. The passengers were waiting on the aerobridge as they were tired of sitting on the plane. One of them allegedly took a video on their phone of the latecomer pilots who were walking on the aerobridge towards the plane.
A passenger claimed that when the pilot was told that the video would be posted on social media, the pilot said that he would crash the plane.
The passenger reportedly went inside the A-320 Airbus flight and told the others that the pilot had said such a thing. The scared passengers demanded that the crew be replaced. But when it was made clear that it could not be done, three passengers reportedly chose not to board the flight.
The flight was supposed to depart at 5.50am, but the passengers were reportedly made to wait in the aircraft till 7am. When no intimation was given about the reason for delay or when the flight would take off, the passengers got agitated.
The flight finally took off at 8.40am, and the pilot even apologised to the passengers through a public announcement. He said that there had been a “misunderstanding, miscommunication” and attributed the delay in his arrival to “administrative issues”.
Meanwhile, GoAir has denied that its pilot made such a remark of threatening to crash the flight.
“GoAir strongly refutes any such allegation. After conducting due diligence and inquiry into the matter, (we) have ascertained that no such statement has been made by the Captain and this has been corroborated by ground and on-board staff,” a GoAir spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added that of the 187 persons, including two infants, who were checked in, the flight finally took off with 184 persons on board.