Crime & Justice

Passenger hits pilot over flight delay in India

New Delhi, Jan 15 (EFE).- In a bizarre incident, a passenger onboard an Indian aircraft allegedly hit a pilot apparently because the flight was delayed due to bad weather in New Delhi.

The passenger onboard an Indigo Airlines flight assaulted co-captain Anup Kumar while the pilot was announcing further delay in taking off from the Indira Gandhi International Airport in the Indian capital on Sunday.

A video clip showing the passenger, dressed in a yellow sweatshirt, pouncing at the pilot was widely shared on social media on Monday.

“If you can take off, take off, and if you can’t then open the door,” the passenger is heard snapping at the pilot in the viral clip.

The assault shocked other passengers on board, and while the pilot immediately retreated to his cabin, a flight attendant is heard telling the alleged attacker that “you can’t do this.”

The passenger “hit the co-pilot and made a nuisance inside the aircraft. A complaint in this regard has been received from Anup Kumar (the attacked pilot),” The Indian Express newspaper quoted police officer Devesh Mahla as saying.

Indigo communications director Chhavi Leekha told EFE that they were trying to understand what happened.

“Due to bad weather, flight operations in Delhi and Kolkata are impacted,” Indigo warned early Monday on the social network X, where complaints against the airline from angry passengers have increased since Sunday.

Dense fog engulfing much of north India has been disrupting air and rail traffic for the past few days.

Hundreds of flights were suspended or canceled over the weekend, according to the Flightradar24 platform. EFE

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