TIRUPATI/BENGALURU: A Rajahmundry-Tirupati Indigo flight had to make an emergency landing in Bengaluru due to a technical glitch, on Tuesday afternoon. This was shared by YSRCP Nagari MLA RK Roja Selvamani who was on board the flight along with YSRCP MLA Jogeswara Rao, TDP leader and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council- Yanamala Ramakrishnudu were among the 70 passengers aboard the flight.
She shared the news through a video and sent to the media, that the plane was circling in the air for more than an hour as it could not get permission to land in the Tirupati airport.
Speaking to Sakshi about her ordeal over the phone, she said that many passengers were in a panic situation after the plane was hovering in the air for so long. What was more frightening was that the plane had to land in Bengaluru and not anywhere nearby like Kadapa Airport, she said. RKRoja said that passengers were not allowed to get off the plane and they have been stuck in the aircraft for almost four hours after the emergency landing was made.
She said that the plane crew have not given any clear picture about the issue and neither have they been given permission to get off the aircraft. The YSRCP MLA said that she had undergone major surgery and had more than 29 stitches in her stomach, and to sit for so long would be very difficult for her. The cabin crew was not mentioning the reason for the emergency landing and neither were they supportive towards the passenger, she rued.
The ATR flight left Rajahmundry at 9.20 am and was supposed to reach Tirupati at 10.20 am. Due to a technical fault, the plane later landed in Bangalore Airport without landing in Tirupati, after being airborne for more than an hour.
As of the latest news, the MLA and other passengers have now been allowed to get down the aircraft into the airport and all passengers were stated to be safe. The MLA also revealed that the IndiGo authorities demanded that they pay Rs 5,000 to get off the aircraft as charges because they had no permission to land. The MLA said that some of them, including her, paid up the money as they were unable to sit in the airplane which was suffocating. When she wanted to register a complaint, they told her to file it at the Tirupati airport. The MLA who was fuming at the shabby treatment meted out to her and the rest of the passengers is mulling the thought of filing a civil case against IndiGo. As of now all the passengers are reportedly safe.
Further details are awaited.