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Hijack alarm: Pilot says was threatened by AI passengers

An Air India woman pilot,who sounded a hijack alert at the airport here after some protesting passengers allegedly tried to force their way into the cockpit,in her police complaint claimed she was threatened with dire consequences.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Thiruvananthapuram | Published: October 24, 2012 1:01 am

An Air India woman pilot,who sounded a hijack alert at the airport here after some protesting passengers allegedly tried to force their way into the cockpit,in her police complaint claimed she was threatened with dire consequences.

As per the FIR lodged with police,Commander Rupali Wagmore complained that a passenger told her that he would not hesitate to kill her if anything happened to his six-month-old child. Around 200 passengers of AI Kochi-bound flight from Abu Dhabi had on October 19 protested and some allegedly tried entering the cockpit after it was diverted to the state capital due to poor visibility. Having boarded the previous night,they alleged it took several hours to take off from Abu Dhabi.

The comments of Chief Minister Oommen Chandy slamming the Air India over the incident has,meanwhile,triggered a row. Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh said the CM should have waited for the outcome of separate inquiries into the incident before faulting the airline. “He should have waited,” Singh said in New Delhi. The Kerala police,Bureau of Civil Aviation Security and the DGCA will study what prompted Captain Rupali to raise the hijack alarm.

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