Things just don’t seem to go right for Indigo. The domestic airliner has been in the news for a couple of months now, from staff misbehaving with a passenger to a wheel-chair mishap and more. The airliner is in the news yet again. This time, a 65-year-old man has tragically died onboard a Varanasi-Mumbai flight after he suffered a heart attack. The incident took place in the morning at 10:20 am at the Varanasi airport when the Indigo airline 6E-711 was on the runway to take off for Mumbai, the officials said. The passenger was identified as IB Tripathy and he was travelling alone when he suffered a heart attack and died, officials revealed.
Earlier, on Wednesday, an Indigo passenger on an international route had allegedly made a complaint that its crew members refused to accept payment in Indian currency during a flight. Businessman Pramod Kumar Jain, who was travelling from Bengaluru to Dubai on an IndiGo flight alleged in his complaint that the crew refused to accept Indian rupees for onboard sales. Reacting quickly after the news spread, in a statement, Indigo said it does not accept Indian rupees for on-board sales during in international flights as per prevailing regulation 3 of Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) Regulations. “We have filed a request for carrying onboard sales in INR (above 25,000) with Reserve Bank of India on February 26, 2014, and June 05, 2014. We are in active discussions with the concerned authorities in this regard,” the budget airliner added in its statement.
In another incident earlier this week, an Indigo passenger was injured after falling from a wheelchair while being ferried by its staffer at the Lucknow airport, resulting in a spat with the Airport Authority of India (AAI). The airline had claimed that the incident occurred due to crack in the floor, drawing retort from the AAI which said it all happened due to “gross negligence of IndiGo staff.” “Our IndiGo representative was pushing her wheelchair towards the arrival hall. As he was guiding her wheelchair through a vehicular lane, which was dimly lit at that time of the night, her wheelchair got stuck in a deep crack on the tarmac and lost balance and she fell off her wheelchair,” the airline spokesperson was quoted as having said.