The incident happened on August 30 evening when Zamir Dhale, 44, was on his way to Delhi from Pune to catch a flight to Geneva where he had to address a meeting of disability experts organised by the United Nations.
When a flight sends 7500 code, the ATS facilities nearby get the message that this plane has been hijacked. The ATS facility, where the plane is expected to land, then asks pilots to confirm if the plane has been hijacked.
Earlier this month, Sunil Kumar, a lobbyist in the case, was interrogated in the case. Kapur, along with corporate lobbyists Deepak Talwar and Rajendra Dubey, has been accused of maintaining liaisons with government officials.
When contacted, AirAsia India issued a statement and accepted that the flight was delayed and expressed regrets. It further said that there was no danger to any of the occupants onboard the aircraft as the cool conditioned air being circulated was condensing.
The statement rebutting all allegations comes after nearly a fortnight of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) raiding at least six AirAsia India offices in India, including its Bengaluru headquarters.
The latest statement comes against the backdrop of the CBI probing AirAsia and other officials, including Group CEO Tony Fernandes, for allegedly trying to manipulate government policies through corrupt means to get an international licence for AirAsia India.
The AirAsia plane with 162 people on board lost contact with ground control on Sunday (December 28) while flying over the Java Sea after taking off from a provincial city in Indonesia for Singapore, and search and rescue operations were underway.