Mid-air scuffle: What happened on flight IC 884?

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New Delhi:  What happened in the cockpit of flight IC 884? There are charges of molestation, and even a scuffle between the crew - all while the flight was in mid air. But the bigger concern - was the safety of over 100 passengers compromised?

Now, there's a new revelation - the flight was allegedly put on auto mode so the pilots could fight with the crew.

The Captain of IC 884 Ranbir Arora says: "In the process of asking them (the airhostess and her friend) to go out of the cockpit, I had to actually push them outside cockpit as my first officer was hurt and bleeding. The entire conversation of Amit Khanna was for at least 10 minutes. From the time he came he started abusive language."

"We were insecure, however looking at the situation in the interest of life safety and the airlines, we did not inform APC of this kind of unlawful interference of flight operation," he added.

Ranbir accepts that IC 884 flew over Pakistan unmonitored for nearly 10 minutes.

Meanwhile, the airhostess, Komal Singh, who was involved in the mid air scuffle and had filed a case of molestation, on Monday met the chairperson of National Commission for Women.

"We are looking into the matter," said Girija Vyas, chairperson, National Commission of Women.

Air India is investigating the issue, but maintains that at no point was passenger safety compromised, and that the cockpit was never unmanned.

With each day, a new revelation and with each revelation, the realisation that the passengers were lucky that the flight landed safely in Delhi.

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