Milan to Delhi Air India flight on Thursday returned to the origin airport shortly after take-off when a passenger on board was founded attempting to force open the cockpit door.
An Air India official said, an unruly passenger, Gurpreet Singh, tried to enter the cockpit after takeoff from Milan. The aircraft with 250 passengers on board, landed back in Milan and Singh was handed over to the local police.
The captain of the Air India flight AI 138 decided to dump fuel (as it had been refuelled for the 8 hour flight to Delhi) and be light enough to return to land in Milan almost an hour post take-off from its origin destination.
According to an airline spokesperson, the incident happened on August 2 when the passenger, and Indian citizen whose seat no. was 32C, tried to enter the cockpit in clear violation of aviation rule.
The incident resulted to a delay of 2 hours and 35 minutes from its scheduled departure time of 9 pm. The airline spokesperson didn’t comment on what drive the incident, but, informed that an investigation is underway and the unruly passenger has been handed over to the local police right after landing back.