New Delhi: Aviation regulator DGCA is “examining” the report submitted by budget airline IndiGo on the offloading of 70 passengers in Hyderabad from its Raipur-bound flight allegedly for “unruly behavior” last week. The incident, fourth such related to IndiGo in the last one month, triggered a controversy with the aggrieved passengers lodging a police complaint, prompting the Directorate General of Civil Aviation to seek a report from the Gurgaon-based carrier, sources said.
“IndiGo has sent a report (on the offloading incident). We need to examine all details,” a top DGCA official told PTI here. An IndiGo spokesperson, however, today said that the airline has submitted the report but it is purely on a “voluntary basis” and it wasn’t sought by the DGCA.
At least 70 passengers were offloaded from a Raipur bound Indigo flight at the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport in Hyderabad last Friday for alleged “unruly behaviour”.
Following this the fliers, which included some people suffering from diabetes and hypertension, lodged a complaint with the airport police alleging they were harassed by the airline staff.
“Indigo confirms offloading of 70 passengers (group booking) who were scheduled to fly on 6E-466 from Hyderabad to Raipur on January 22 on the grounds of unruly behaviour,” the airline had claimed in a statement then.