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04 Aug 2018

AI's Milan-Delhi flight returns after passenger tries to enter cockpit

Man tries to enter cockpit of AI's flight

A Delhi-bound Air India flight from Milan had to return to the airport in Italy within 30 minutes of take-off after a passenger tried to enter the cockpit.

According to an airline spokesperson, the incident happened on August 2 when the passenger, an Indian citizen whose seat no. was 32C, tried to enter the cockpit in clear violation of aviation rule.

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Man tries to enter cockpit of AI's flight

Air India's statement

"AI 138 Milan-Delhi flight delayed by 2.37 hours as one unruly passenger Gurpreet Singh tried to enter the cockpit after take-off from Milan on schedule. The aircraft landed back and the passenger was handed over to the local police," an airline statement said.

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Gurpreet's action could land him in the 'no-fly list'

On landing back, he was handed over to the local police who are probing the incident.

Gurpreet's action could land him in the "no-fly list" pending the completion of the inquiry, the airline hinted.

The "no-fly list" was introduced following several reports of unruly incidents involving passengers, including Shiv Sena MP Ravindra Gaikwad, who allegedly assaulted an Air India staffer at the Delhi airport.

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Who was the first person in 'no-fly-list'?

In May, Mumbai-based jeweler Birju Kishore Salla, who had created a hijack scare onboard a Jet Airways flight on October 2017, was put in the "no-fly" category, the first person in the list.

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