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High drama at Thiruvananthapuram Airport, pilot presses hijack button

Protesting passengers allegedly entered the cockpit of the aircraft after having waited in the plane for over four hours to go to Kochi and then the pilot pressed hijack button

Thiruvananthapuram: High drama unfolded at the city airport on Friday when the pilot of an Abu Dhabi-Kochi Air India flight pressed the hijack button in panic after passengers created a ruckus in the cockpit following diversion of the plane to Thiruvananthapuram, reports PTI.

 

According to airport officials, protesting passengers allegedly entered the cockpit of the aircraft after having waited in the plane for over four hours to go to Kochi.

 

The pilot then pressed the hijack button, they said.

 

Following the message, police and other security personnel surrounded the aircraft which was parked at the airport.

 

The plane was diverted to Thiruvananthapuram due to bad weather, the officials said.

 

Passengers refused to deboard the aircraft despite repeated requests by the airlines.

 

Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) has ordered a probe into the incident, official sources said in New Delhi.

 

Premjit, one of the passengers, said the flight was supposed to land at Kochi at 3:30am but due to fog at the airport, the plane, which had already been delayed from Abu Dhabi, landed at Thiruvananthapuram at 6:30am.

 

Nothing was done to take the passengers to Kochi and they were told that the plane had to wait at the Thiruvananthapuram airport for refuelling, he said.

 

"The passengers kept waiting," he said.

 

Sources said police was unlikely to register case against passengers and felt a humane approach should be taken.

 

Police felt the passengers were upset because they had to wait for a long time and there was no security issue, the sources said.

 

They said another pilot had been sent to the aircraft and "there is no emergency of hijack as claimed by the previous pilot".

 

As per rules, pilots can press three separate transponder codes for different emergencies. One code is pressed in case of "unlawful interference" in the operation of the aircraft which in effect means hijack.

 

The second code is pressed in case of loss of communication between the aircraft and the authorities on the ground while the third code is pressed for a situation of emergency on board.

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Deccan Chargers move to Supreme Court against termination from IPL

Deccan Chargers have challenged the Bombay High Court order refusing to set aside a status quo order passed by an arbitrator on cessation of its membership in the IPL


New Delhi: Cash-strapped Deccan Chargers on Friday moved the Supreme Court against the team's termination from the Indian Premier League (IPL) by the India's cricket governing body -- Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), reports PTI.

 

The Deccan Chargers have challenged the Bombay High Court order refusing to set aside a status quo order passed by an arbitrator on cessation of its membership in the league.

 

The appeal against the High Court order was mentioned by senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi before a bench headed by Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, which said it would hear the matter later in the day.

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NCDRC asks to postal department to ensure that letters reach on time

The National Consumer Forum said letters sent through speed post are always urgent and emergent and if there is delay due to some agitation, it is the duty of the state to find out some other method to prevent the delay


New Delhi: The Postal department is duty bound to ensure that letters reach their destination in time against all odds, the apex consumer commission has said, reports PTI.

 

"The postal department should under all probabilities (odds), whether it is in its control or beyond its control, must see to it that the letters reach the destination in time," the National Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission (NCDRC) has said.

 

The NCDRC's gave the judgement while dismissing a plea by the Department of Post in Alwar against an order from the Rajasthan State Consumer Commission, which had upheld a district forum decision awarding Rs20,000 to a candidate who had applied to the state police service but his application was not delivered in time.

 

The candidate, Alwar resident Pushpendra Singh, had sent his application for the job of sub-inspector in Rajasthan Police by speed post on 28 December 2010 but it had reached the Rajasthan Public Service Commission on 4 January 2011, four days after the last date for receiving applications.

 

The Alwar-based postal department in its petition had argued that the delay in delivery was due to an agitation by Gujjars and under section 6 of the Indian Post Office Act, 1898, no negligence can be attributed to it.

 

Section 6 of the Indian Post Office Act provides that no claim will lie against the postal department or its officers merely on the ground that there has been loss, mis-delivery, delay or damage to any postal article unless the same has been caused fraudulently by the officer concerned or by his 'wilful act or by default'.

 

Rejecting the postal department's contention as "not coherent", the NCDRC bench presided by Justice JM Malik said, "Letters sent through speed post are always urgent and emergent. If there is delay due to some agitation, it is the duty of the state to find out some other method to prevent the delay," the bench said adding that "wilful default" on the part of postal department is "proved to the hilt".

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