Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Man jumps out of plane at airport, arrested

Man jumps out of plane at airport

TNN | May 15, 2012, 06.02 AM IST

CHENNAI: As soon as the Dubai-Chennai Air India flight touched down at Chennai airport at 5.15am on Monday, Kamal Basha Ahmed unbuckled his seat belt and began moving down the aisle. The cabin crew thought he wanted to be the first to disembark and told him to go back. But the 28-year-old engineer reached the front, overpowered a crew member, opened the door and jumped out as soon as the plane came to a halt.

Kamal, a resident of Trichy, escaped with minor bruises after he slid down the emergency chute, which inflated automatically as the door had been opened manually, and fell to the ground. Central Industrial Security Force (CISF ) personnel caught him and handed him over to the police after questioning. Kamal has been sent to judicial custody for five days.

An airport official said the incident created a flutter. Ground staff and security personnel were startled to see a man sliding down an emergency chute from a plane as soon as it halted at the parking bay. His bags were handed over to his mother and aunt, who were waiting outside the terminal unaware of the drama inside.

"Ahmed looked tired and deprived of sleep. He is an engineering graduate and was working as a traineein a company in Dubai. His father, who is also in the UAE, sent him home to consult a doctor after he could not handle work pressure," police said. "He was in tears and apologized several times when questioned repeatedly," they added.

An Air India official said the passenger didn't stop even when stopped twice and told to return to his seat. "The aerobridge was about to be attached when Ahmed opened the door. The crew would have opened the door had he waited a few minutes. As the door was opened manually, the emergency chute inflated," he said.

More than 100 passengers, who were in the plane, had to wait a little longer to get down. The staff brought a step ladder and helped them disembark. "The schedule of the aircraft was not hit because of the incident. It left to Delhi as per schedule in the morning," said an airline official.


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