Bharatiya Janata Party MP Tejasvi Surya opened the emergency exit of an IndiGo aircraft as it was about to take off from Chennai last month by mistake, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said on Wednesday, ANI reported.
“The door was opened by him [Tejasvi Surya] by mistake when the flight was on the ground,” Scindia told reporters. “After all checks, the flight was allowed to take off.”
When incident happened Tejasvi Surya himself reported it to pilot & crew. Full protocol was followed as DGCA has investigated. Only after all checks the aircraft took off. He (Surya) himself apologised for delay caused due to the incident: Civil Aviation Min Jyotiraditya Scindia pic.twitter.com/cUm4VC7pBX
— ANI (@ANI) January 18, 2023
The incident happened on IndiGo flight from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli on December 10. Media reports on Tuesday had quoted unidentified passengers alleging that the BJP Yuva Morcha chief was the one who had opened the emergency exit.
Surya was seated next to Tamil Nadu BJP president K Annamalai. Surya was let off after he wrote an apology letter, according to reports.
While on Tuesday IndiGo and the Directorate General of Civil Aviation confirmed the incident more than a month after it took place, they did not identify Surya as the person responsible. In a statement, IndiGo said…