Bomb scare at Delhi airport; 2 flights recalled

SansadTV Bureau

delhiairportThere was a bomb scare at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi in the wee hours on Saturday morning. Two international flights were recalled and one more flight which was about to take off was taken to an isolation bay for further security checks.

At 01.30 AM on Saturday a threat call was received at the Delhi Airport’s call centre in Gurgaon.

The caller claimed that there were bombs on three international flights – 9W078 Jet Airways flight to Hong Kong, CX694 Cathay Pacific flight also bound for Hong Kong and LX147 Swiss Air flight to Zurich. Much later, the call was found out to be hoax, said airport officials.

At the time when the call came, Jet Airways and Cathay Pacific flights had already taken off while the Swiss flight was preparing for departure.

“The Bomb Threat Assessment Committee declared threat as specific at 2 am. Both the Jet Airways and Cathay flights were called back and taken to isolation bay after landing under emergency conditions. Swiss Air flight which was on-ground was also sent to isolation bay,” Airport official said.

The emergency was called off at around 2.40 am after a thorough search of the aircraft, passengers and their baggage was carried out by the security agencies. After that all the three flights were cleared for take-off by the authorities.

“Jet Airways flight 9W078, which departed from Delhi at 0127 hrs for Hong Kong, returned to Delhi due to security reasons. The aircraft with 194 guests and 12 crew on board landed safely in Delhi at 0224 hrs,” said the airline statement.

Reports also said that some Air India flights at the Delhi airport were delayed due to bomb threat call that was made at 9pm on Friday evening.

(With PTI inputs)