Hoax call creates panic at Delhi airport, delays flight again

NEW DELHI, Feb 03 (INP): Another hoax call led to panic at Delhi airport on Wednesday morning as passengers were deplaned from a GoAir Ranchi-bound flight after a call informing some people carrying weapons in the plane, Hinustan Times reported.

According to airport officials, the flight, G8 145, which was scheduled to depart at 6:10 am, had to be delayed following the call.

“The call had come at GoAir call centre that someone is travelling with weapons. A drill followed and the passengers were offloaded. However, nothing was found,” the official said.
The flight finally departed at 10 am after security clearances, he said.

On Tuesday, panic sparked on a Chennai-bound Jet Airways flight, which was carrying an SPG-protectee, Priyanka Vadra, as a man screamed “I have a bomb”. He was treated as a “possible threat”, and was taken back to the terminal along with his travelling companion. The flight underwent an explosives check and departed 90 minutes late. Priyanka Vadra, sources said, was shifted to another plane.

Last week, too, a slew of bomb threats forced airport authorities to ground two flights on Wednesday, days after similar warnings triggered an emergency landing and hours-long delays for air travellers in parts of the country.

More than 250 passengers on Air India flight AI-215 that was to leave at 1.15 pm and Jet Airways flight 9W260 scheduled to depart at 1.25pm were evacuated after three anonymous phone calls warned police that there were bombs on the Kathmandu-bound planes. While the aircraft were being searched, a fourth call was received, giving details of baggage containing “liquid explosives”, which led to further scrutiny of luggage and holdups.

The incident came on the heels of the same Jet Airways flight being delayed last Monday by six hours following a bomb threat call that turned out to be a hoax.

Around a fortnight back, a Mumbai-bound GoAir flight carrying more than 150 people from Bhubaneswar made an emergency stopover at Nagpur an hour into the journey following an anonymous tip about a bomb on board. However, no suspicious article was found during a security check.


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