A PASSENGER tried to force open the emergency exit of a plane while others tried to break into the cockpit after their flight was delayed.
Travellers were stuck in the cabin for four hours due to a technical fault.
Air India flight AI865 was due to take off from Delhi Airport at 10:10am last Thursday, with passengers boarding by 9:15am.
However, the one and a half hour flight to Mumbai faced technical problems, leading to the lengthy delay.
Passengers were only allowed off the flight at 2:20pm, before being put on an alternate flight at 6pm – over seven hours later.
Furious people on board are pictured standing in the aisle of the plane while banging on the cockpit door.
One passenger shouts: “If you don’t open the door, I will break the door.”
Another woman was caught trying to open the emergency exit.
Cabin crew quickly pulled her away, while other travellers told her to stop.
The flight attendant then checked the window before opening the door herself.
No passengers have been charged yet, although the airline is investigating the incident.
Potential charges could result in passengers being grounded for two years under new rules in India.
Anyone found to have enacted “life-threatening behaviour [or] damage to an aircraft,” could face criminal charges.
A spokesperson told Times of India: “The flight was considerably delayed due to technical reasons.
“Air India management has asked the crew for details for a detailed report on the reported misbehaviour by some passengers.
“Further action will be considered after the report.”
A Jet2 passenger was fined £85,000 and banned from flying with the airline for life after trying to break into the cockpit and open the emergency exit.
A crazed passenger sparked panic after ripping off the plane exit door as its was preparing to take off.
One woman was arrested after she opened the emergency exit because it was “too stuffy” on the plane.
Sun Online Travel contacted Air India for additional comment.
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