Ailing man denied flight to Mumbai

Published on Nov 29, 2006 05:14 PM IST

A SERIOUSLY ailing person, who had been referred to Mumbai for advance treatment, was allegedly made to miss the Indian Airlines? Mumbai-bound flight at the Raja Bhoj Airport here on Tuesday over a dispute of carrying an oxygen cylinder. M S Vyas, 58, was admitted to the National Hospital with lung infection and was referred to Mumbai.

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A SERIOUSLY ailing person, who had been referred to Mumbai for advance treatment, was allegedly made to miss the Indian Airlines’ Mumbai-bound flight at the Raja Bhoj Airport here on Tuesday over a dispute of carrying an oxygen cylinder. M S Vyas, 58, was admitted to the National Hospital with lung infection and was referred to Mumbai.

His relatives claim that the patient needed oxygen onboard the flight and they had completed the formalities including payment of Rs 28,000 for provision of cylinder and the flight charges.

However, when they reached the airport, the crew reportedly told them that they had forgotten to bring the cylinder. When the doctor accompanying Vyas insisted that they be allowed to carry their own cylinder, as the patient was unable to travel without oxygen support, the crew allegedly refused and cancelled their boarding pass.

Roopak, a family friend, alleged that the staff at the airport refused to give them the complaint book. The family then took Vyas back from the airport. Vyas, a resident of Rachna Nagar, is a bank manager.

When contact, the Indian Airlines’ Station Manager Firoz Khan refused to comment on the incident. Recently, State Congress spokesman Brijmohan Shrivastava’s wife had alleged that she was not allowed to take the flight and misbehaved with by the crew. The complaint was made to the police also.

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