A Mumbai airport cargo loader “fell asleep” in the belly cargo area of an IndiGo aircraft that flew to Abu Dhabi, according to sources.
Aviation safety regulator DGCA has taken note of the incident and initiated an investigation into it. The loader was subsequently brought back to India on the return leg of the flight.
Speaking to The Indian Express, Director-General of DGCA Arun Kumar said, “On Sunday, an IndiGo A320 aircraft was scheduled to operate as flight 6E-1835 (Mumbai to Abu Dhabi). Post loading of baggage in aircraft, one of the loader engaged on the aircraft relaxed in baggage compartment 1 and fell asleep behind the baggage. The cargo door was closed after the hold staff marked the head count. The loader woke up as the aircraft took off from Mumbai airport. This was detected at Abu Dhabi and medical examination of the loader was conducted by Abu Dhabi authorities. The examination revealed that his physical condition was stable and normal. After getting the requisite clearances from local authorities at Abu Dhabi, he was sent back as a passenger to Mumbai on the return flight.’’
The involved personnel has taken off the roster pending investigation, Kumar added.
In a statement, an IndiGo spokesperson said: “We are aware of the incident and the requisite authorities have been informed. The matter is under investigation”.