PATNA: Dozens of passengers aboard an aircraft had a providential escape after a fellow passenger tried to open its exit door in mid air mistaking it as toilet gate but luckily the door didn’t open.
The traveler told the police that he was traveling for the first time by plane and hence he was not aware about the facility in the plane.
Police said the passenger identified as Abhijit Kumar had boarded the GoAir flight at Delhi airport and was travelling to Patna on Saturday night when he felt the nature’s call and rushed towards the toilet.
Instead of opening the gate of the toilet, the passenger, however, moved towards the exit gate and tried to open it when the passengers raised an alarm after watching him. Instantly, the crew members rushed towards the exit gate and dragged the man aside.
Airport sources though added the gate of an exit door of an airborne plane cannot be opened due to cabin pressure yet it was a dangerous attempt in mid air.
Finally when the plane landed at the Jayaprakash Narayan International airport in Patna, the passenger was hurriedly taken into custody by the security officials who later handed him over to the local police after preliminary interrogation.
During extensive quizzing lasting for hours, the passenger told the police that he was traveling by plane for the first time in his life and didn’t know about the location of toilet inside the plane.
“I mistook the word lavatory written near the exit gate as the real gate of the toilet and hence tried to open it. I had no other intention as such,” the youth told the police. After getting fully satisfied with his statements, the police later released him on personal bond on Sunday.
“We have verified his statements. He works in a prominent bank and had boarded the GoAir flight travelling from New Delhi to Patna. It’s also true that he is a first-time flier. What happened inside the plane was due to confusion,” a senior police official Mohamamd Sanowar Khan told the local media on Monday.
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