After a row erupted over the opening of the emergency exit door of an IndiGo aircraft by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya, Tamil Nadu BJP chief K Annamalai who was also onboard at the time of the incident, has said that Surya “accidentally touched the emergency door” but it was not his fault that the flight got delayed.
Annamalai said that “Tejasvi is an educated and responsible person. It was not his fault that the flight was delayed. The issue was blown out of proportion as some members of the DMK and Congress were travelling on the same flight.”
He added that it was not possible to open the emergency door. Explaining the whole incident, Annamalai said that the position of the door was slightly disturbed from its original position.
“Surya was uncomfortable with his seating position as people were also approaching him for selfies and photos. During all this commotion his hand accidentally touched the emergency door and Surya realised that the door was not exactly in the right place,” the leader said. He added that “I saw and I won’t say the door was open but it appeared that the position of the door was slightly disturbed from its original position.”
He further said that they later informed the crew about the issue and an engineer was called to fix the emergency door to its right place.
Annamalai said that “It was a 5-minute procedure, however, the engineer emphasised following the procedure regarding the cabin pressure, so we all were asked to deboard the plane.”
He further said that Tejasvi wrote an incident report and apologised for the same.
On December 10 issue came to light after IndiGo said that a passenger accidentally opened the emergency exit of its flight 6E 7339 at the Chennai airport during the boarding process when the plane was on the tarmac. IndiGo also had said the passenger accidentally opened the emergency exit door and apologised for the action.
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