Mumbai Crime: 23-yr-old Omani arrested for molesting air hostess

In yet another case of molestation of a crew member mid-flight, police have arrested a passenger, a citizen of Oman. On Wednesday morning, the 23-year-old travelling by Jet Airways flight 9W 539 (Muscat-Mumbai), was arrested after he allegedly molested a female crew member.

The Oman national is in the custody of Sahar police
The Oman national is in the custody of Sahar police

According to airport officials, the Apron Controller informed them about the incident around 4.06 am, after which the Domestic Control room was told that a passenger named Al Mamari Abdwaziz Abdullah Saif had molested a crew member mid-air.

The arrest comes less than a month after two flyers on Indigo’s 6E 221, a Delhi-Guwahati-Imphal flight, were caught clicking pictures and filming an air hostess. The Jet flight in question leaves Muscat at 12.20 am local time and reaches Mumbai around 4.25 am IST. Al Mamari was handed over to Sahar police officials. He was to travel to Bangkok from Mumbai as a tourist.

“He allegedly misbehaved with two more air hostesses,” said an airport official. He further added, “As soon as the incident came to light, the local police was immediately informed, and a police inspector from Sahar police station was present when the flight landed at Terminal 2.” A First Information Report (FIR), number 133/2015, was lodged against the man around 1.25 pm, and he was taken into custody.

Cop speak
Madhukar Sankhe, assistant commissioner of police (airport division) said, “The accused was a transit passenger travelling alone to Bangkok. We immediately arrested him and charged him under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code. He will be produced in Andheri court on Thursday (today).”

Flight diverted
There was a medical emergency on Philippine Airline’s flight PR 683 (Dammam - Manila) and it was diverted to the international terminal around 1.33 am yesterday. David Flores, a passenger, was rushed to Cooper Hospital due to chest pain. The flight took off after he was de-boarded.

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