BJP led Union government Minister for Civil Aviation Jyotiraditya Scindia said the door was opened by the passenger by mistake when the flight was on the ground. 

Beside seated with BJP Party president Annamalai near by BJP MP Tejasvi Surya opened the emergency exit of an IndiGo plane by mistake and he has already apologised, said Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia on Wednesday.

IndiGo, in a statement on Tuesday, said a passenger travelling on flight 6E 7339 from Chennai to Tiruchirapalli on December 10 accidentally opened the emergency exit during the boarding process, when the plane was on the tarmac. 

The Congress slammed Bengaluru South MP Tejasvi Surya after reports claimed he was the passenger who “accidentally” opened the emergency exit.

“He has already apologised. The door was opened by him by mistake. Whatever opposition is saying, I can’t reply to that,” Scindia said when asked about Tejasvi Surya’s involvement in the incident.

A senior official at aviation regulator DGCA on Tuesday said the event was duly reported and that no safety was compromised. The aircraft, which was on the ground, was subject to mandatory engineering checks before it flew to Tiruchirapalli that day.

Neither Tejasvi Surya nor Annamalai nor their office have reacted to the allegations so far.

It is to be noted During May 2022 a 57-year-old United Airlines passenger was arrested after opening the emergency exit and walking out onto the plane’s wing while it was taxiing at Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, according to media reports. 

At that incident United Airlines flight 2478, coming from San Diego, was involved in the incident.

The man from California was taken into custody, CNN reported. “A male subject was onboard a plane that was approaching the gate when he pulled the emergency exit and walked out onto the wing of the plane,” according to a statement from the Chicago Police Department (CPD).

During march 2021 a passenger on a Varanasi-bound SpiceJet flight tried to open the emergency exit door mid-air on Saturday, but was restrained by the crew till the aircraft landed safely.

The passenger, identified as Gaurav, was handed over to the local police by the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and SpiceJet’s security staff just after the aircraft landed safely in Varanasi airport, SpiceJet spokesperson said.

During Sept 2017 Airport police on Monday arrested a 34-year-old man, who is a jawan in the Indian Army, for allegedly trying to open the emergency exit of a flight while it was on standby on the domestic airport on Monday evening. 

The flight was about to leave when the incident occurred, sparking tension among other passengers on the flight.

According to the airport police, the accused is from Bihar and was going to Assam to resume his duties after a ten-day holiday. The flight had come to Mumbai via Lucknow and was to fly to Guwhati, Assam in sometime.

Around 4pm, the jawan seated near the emergency exit tried to open the door. The cabin crew member who saw it alerted the others, and he was stopped from doing so. 

The police said a family member of the accused had passed away recently and he was in two minds about resuming his duty. The police, however, said it is not clear why he was trying to open the exit door.

The jawan has denied the allegations made against him, adding that it was a misunderstanding.

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In social media questions were raised why arrest of both powerful BJP functionaries not been made who jeopardised with the life of other 68 passengers in the flight 

The jawan was then taken off the flight and the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) handed him over to the Airport police. Based on the allegation made by the private airline, a First Information 

Report (FIR) has been registered against the man under section 336 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) for endangering life or personal safety of others and under relevant sections of Aircraft rules. He was produced before a magistrate court on Tuesday, and was granted bail on personal bond.