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Onboard death: Cops send notice to airline

delhi Updated: Jul 23, 2011 23:34 IST
Faizan Haider
Faizan Haider
Hindustan Times
Indigo Airlines

Delhi Police on Saturday sent a notice to Indigo Airlines asking it to produce the crew members of flight 6E-156 (Ahmedabad-Delhi) which landed here on Wednesday night.

The notice to the airline has been sent in connection with an on board death. Pradeep Kumar, 52, a professor, was found dead in the washroom soon after the flight landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA). The crew has bene asked to join the investigation within a week and record their statements.

As per the rules of Directorate General of Civil Aviation, every passenger has to be seated at the time of the plane’s landing. As per the post-mortem report, Kumar was in the plane’s washroom when it landed. Delhi police are probing if there was any negligence on the airline’s part.

“We have issued a notice to Indigo on Saturday and after the questioning of crew members, a report will be submitted to the DGCA,” RA Sanjeev, DCP (airport) said.

Sources said after the plane landed a crewmember noticed that one passenger was missing. She knocked on the door of washroom and even tried to open it. “After not getting any response, the door was opened forcibly and Kumar’s body was recovered,” said a source at the airport.

Sources said crewmembers shouldn’t have allowed Kumar to enter the washroom at the time of landing. “Everyone should be seated at the time of landing with their seat belt on as the impact of landing can shock you. Kumar might have suffered a heart attack because of the shock while landing,” source further said.

Kumar, a resident of Janakpuri, Delhi was returning from Ahmedabad where he had gone to deliver a lecture at a reputed management institute. Kumar was a dean in a management college in Mumbai and was also a visiting faculty at many management institutes.

The flight had landed at the Delhi airport at 9:58 pm on Wednesday and the body was sent for post-mortem examination soon after it was discovered.