Kerala-bound Air India flight delayed due to fight among cabin crew

Friday, Mar 11, 2016,10:49 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | A Thiruvananthapuram-bound Air India flight from here carrying 158 passengers including some Members of Parliament and bureaucrats onboard was delayed by about two hours after a fight broke out between two cabin crew members inside the cabin.

Taking a serious note of the incident, Air India has suspended the crew members, pending enquiry, the airline said. We have suspended the two cabin crew members for delaying the flight. We will not tolerate any indiscipline at the airline, Air India Chairman and Managing Director Ashwani Lohani said here tonight. The airline deeply regrets the inconvenience caused to its passengers, he added.

The incident took place Thursday evening when Air India flight was readying for departure from New Delhi. According to sources, initially it was an argument over some personal issue between a junior cabin crew and a senior cabin crew, which later turned into a full scale scuffle. It turned into heated exchange of words, forcing the commander to intervene. But when they refused to relent, the operations in charge decided to offload both of them and deploy new crew in their place, sources said. Air India, however, said that there was minor altercation between two cabin crew. The flight later took off at around 8 pm.

The flight, which was scheduled to arrive in Kerala’s capital at 10.40. pm, landed at Thiruvananthapuram air port at 12.20 after midnight.

CPM leaders Prakash Karat and S. Ramachandrapilla, NK Premachandran M.P. and IAS officers were among the passengers on board the delayed flight.